Terry Jeffrey

The Website has posted a study titled, "Women's Colleges in the United States: History, Issues, and Challenges" by Irene Harwarth, Mindi Maline and Elizabeth DeBra. Under the heading "The Legality of Publicly Supported Single-Sex Colleges," the study points out that the Supreme Court has declared it unconstitutional for state-run colleges to exclude students by gender.

"In 1982, the Mississippi University for Women was sued by a man seeking admission to the nursing program, and the university was ordered by the United States Supreme Court to admit men," says the study. "The Court found that the university's policy of excluding males from admission to the School of Nursing not only violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, but also was not beneficial to women because this policy furthered the image of nursing as 'women's work.'"

In the face of such a declaration, the study points out, the Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel gave up being all-male and went co-ed.

So, who is left?

"Women's colleges today are largely private four-year institutions," says the study. "They are more likely to be independent nonprofit institutions or affiliated with the Catholic Church, to be located in the Northeastern U.S. and to have smaller enrollments than most institutions of higher education."

The Website of "The Women's College Coalition" also has a page titled "Women in Politics." It lists a number of women in powerful positions in Washington, D.C., today who graduated from women's colleges. The list includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who went to Trinity Washington University. It includes Secretary of State Clinton and Katie Johnson, the personal secretary to President Barack Obama, who went to Wellesley. And it includes Reps. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Jane Harman of California and Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts, who went to Smith.

If Congress passed a law requiring federal financial agencies to recruit at schools like Harvard, Princeton and Yale, it would rightly be condemned as elitism. But when Congress passes a law saying these agencies must recruit at schools like Trinity, Wellesley and Smith, it is just another entitlement.


Terry Jeffrey

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