Wellesley in the World

Bottomly, Clinton, and Albright

Wellesley is among the most successful institutions in the world at educating women leaders.

Wellesley's reputation as the preeminent institution for cultivating leadership qualities has been repeatedly proved true by the many global leaders who have earned degrees here. Household names or not, Wellesley's 36,000 living alumnae comprise the single most influential network of women in the world. They are making a difference in every arena.

The College’s global focus and its multi-dimensional approach to the liberal arts create a "rich soil" in which leaders can grow. Our students come from 83 countries and, despite different races, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds, become members of an inclusive community where they not only respect but truly hear each other—the very skills so important in world leaders. By offering students the broadest possible curriculum and by encouraging study abroad and offering financial support to students who pursue it, Wellesley produces women who are extraordinarily well-equipped for an interconnected, interdependent age. Wellesley women are ready to contribute in the largest possible arena.

But that is not all we do.

Our goal of building the skills and elevating the aspirations of our own students is where we start; our longer-term objective is to extend opportunities for advancement to women and girls everywhere. As the world leader in educating women, Wellesley is in a unique position to lead in changing the lot of our sisters around the world. Our campus institutions—from the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs to the Davis Museum to the Wellesley Centers for Women—all take a worldwide perspective, while their work and status have worldwide impact.

Increasingly the College deploys this rare expertise as it takes on global roles. It has joined the Davis United World Scholars Program, for example, and recently had the honor of hosting the inaugural event of the State Department’s Women in Public Service initiative (launched by Hillary Clinton ’69).

Over the course of the last century, Wellesley has been a leader in advancing the cause of women. Now, in the 21st century, we are taking this fine tradition on the road to share with the world.

True to our traditions, we are not just supporting the movement; we are leading it.

Related

Madeleine K. Albright '59 narrated the video that opened the 2013 Women World Partners Leadership Conference in Beijing. May-Elise Martinsen '12 composed the music.

Pamela Melroy '83, former NASA astronaut and shuttle commander, spoke to the China Central Television program Dialogue about her experience on the 50th anniversary of women in space.

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