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of the college in 2013. When she attended Murray Edwards, it was very unusual to be a woman studying at
Cambridge. "It did give me confidence about going into
the world," she says.
At Ochanomizu University, a women's university in
Tokyo, the Institute for Global Leadership offers lectures, workshops, and events designed to foster students'
knowledge and cultural awareness to help prepare them to
become global leaders, says Noriko Watanabe, a lecturer
at the university's Global Education Center.
Women's colleges and universities had been waning in
Japan, due to the country's declining birth rate, Watanabe
says. That changed after Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo
Abe told the U.N. General Assembly in 2013 that his country would actively support women, who have the greatest
power to grow the Japanese economy, and would help assist developing countries to improve their gender equality
and empowerment. She says some women's colleges in the
countryside may close, but the country's major women's
universities, such as Ochanomizu, will continue to thrive.
She says Japanese studies show that students who
attend women's institutions in that country "tend to be
more outspoken and are likely not to hesitate to make
their opinions known."
At Brescia in Canada, which is the country's only
women's university, students can study in the School of
Leadership and Social Change. It's one of the few universities
with an undergraduate degree in leadership, Mumm says.
She says the young women who study at Brescia "want
to become well-educated women who have the potential
to lead in a community or a country."
The college is affiliated with Western University, and
Brescia students can take up to two-fifths of their classes
at Western, which is coed. But the women's college remains a "haven from the wider undergraduate culture,
which can be quite blokeish," Mumm says.
Gabby Gibbs, a third-year honors student at Brescia
who is studying nutrition and dietetics, said she came to
Brescia from Barbados because she couldn't find a similar
program in her native land.
She said she wasn't seeking out a women's university,
but "I really do love it. You're surrounded by women who
make you feel empowered. You can express yourself as
you want. You're encouraged to speak up."
Brescia also works to reach younger girls, operating
Girls LEAD (Leadership, Education, and Development)
camps in Canada and Hong Kong, which aim to empower
teens. They focus on self-discovery, connecting with others, and building community and making change. Women
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entists, and firefighters, speak during the camps. "The girls
enjoy it. They bring a lot of confidence home with them
about what women can do in the world," Mumm says.
The university also holds a public speaking contest for
11th and 12th grade girls, and they must speak for five
minutes about women who inspire them. Winners receive
one year of free tuition and board, and students compete
from around the world, Mumm says.
As North American women's colleges and universities
draw more international students and put an increased
emphasis on international learning and experiences, graduates have become more prepared for today's workforce.
At Agnes Scott, the emphasis on the SUMMIT program helps set the college apart, Meyer-Lee says. Global
learning is not something that can be taught online or in
huge classrooms. "It equips women to thrive and lead in
a truly complex global society. It's extremely relevant to
workforce needs today."
By working with a diverse group of fellow students in
the classroom, the young women learn to see their "common humanity and understand how different countries
and cultures solve problems differently and see problems
differently," Paus says. "In the global economy we live in,
they end up working on diverse teams."
It also helps students realize "they don't all think the
same," Paus says. "It's about being open to differences,
which I think any leader in the 21st century needs."
SUSAN LADIKA is a freelance writer in Tampa, Florida. Her last
article for International Educator was "Toward a Better World"
in the May/June 2016 issue.
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From the Editor
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