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Womens colleges in the United States uniquely prepare women for success by offering a strong academic curriculum professors who challenge them to excel and a network of graduates who assist them upon graduation and throughout their professional lives Womens college graduates are well-prepared to attain top positions in their career fields and higher salaries than women graduates of co-educational institutions Notable womens college graduates include Jeane Kirkpatrick first female US ambassador to the United Nations Stephens College Madeleine Albright the first female sectary of state in the United States Wellesley College and Geraldine Ferraro first female US vice-presidential candidate Marymount Manhattan College These women are among the fewer than 4 of college-educated women who graduated from a womens college Although small in number womens college graduates are influential as indicated by the following statistics from the Womens College Coalition Of Business Week magazines list of the top 50 women who are rising stars in corporate America 30 earned a bachelors degree from a womens college Of the 1992 Fortune 1000 companies one third of women board members are graduates of womens colleges Of Black Enterprise Magazines 20 most powerful African-American women in corporate America 20 are womens college graduates Undergraduate Programs Women are earning an increasingly larger share of bachelors degrees in business In 1995 women earned 48 of undergraduate business degrees compared to 9 in 1971 Undergraduate business programs at womens colleges provide opportunities for women to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed in the business world High-quality programs are grounded in a liberal arts education allowing students to adopt a broad perspective think critically and creatively use new technologies interact with people from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and refine their leadership skills Courses explore topics of by and about women By participating in campus and community organizations students apply the theories they learn in the class-room to real-world situations Business internships which
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