TITLE

Singled Out

AUTHOR(S)
Baskin, Kara
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;3/22/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 10, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Though the movie "Mona Lisa Smile" failed at the box office, its romanticized portrayal of Wellesley College in the 1950s as a place where well-coiffed women had little ambition beyond learning proper etiquette reignited a heated debate on the virtues of single-sex schools. In fact, three months later, Wellesley's alumnae website still offers an interactive section devoted to a discussion of the film and the future of single-sex education. All-women's colleges originally offered their students both refuge from and preparation for male-dominated society. And, in many cases, such schools were the only alternatives for smart women, as the Ivy League and other top-notch colleges had yet to become co-educational. Most students choose colleges based on social factors as well as educational merit, and so women's colleges are forced to straddle a tenuous ideological line: They must argue that learning is best done without men while also admitting that life without them is incomplete.
ACCESSION #
12515499

 

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