The Network!

graduates with racing flags

The (amazing) Network: Wellesley’s illustrious alumnae—sort of intimidating at first, but then just inspiring.

April alumnae gatherings for admitted students

See if there is an alumnae gathering for admitted students in your area in the coming weeks. If so, we invite you and your parents to join us and meet alumnae who are often still as excited about Wellesley as the day they graduated!

An extraordinary network ready to help you

As a Wellesley graduate, you'll join an extraordinary network, a sisterhood for a lifetime. Our extensive network will help with career or graduate school exploration or searches. Many students find internships through alumnae, and young graduates often find their first job or apartment thanks to an alum. While the Wellesley student experience is fantastic, it is the supportive network of alumnae who make the all-nighters and 25-page papers all worth it in the end! See Career Education to learn more about career possibilities, internships, fellowships, and community engagement.

See statistics on 2016 graduates in the "First Destination" survey

Career Education's Class of 2016 First Destination Survey reports that within six months of graduation, an impressive 94% of 2016 graduates were employed, accepted to graduate school, participating in a volunteer program, or serving in the military!

A glimpse of Wellesley's illustrious alumnae

The co-founder of Zipcar. A NASA Space Shuttle pilot and commander. Korea's first female ambassador. A former COO of Colgate-Palmolive. Two secretaries of state and the Democratic Party's 2017 Presidential Nominee. Several Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists. The cofounder of City Year. The director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. The executive director of Partners in Health. An Apple board member. And so on. Thousands more are doing less headline-y things; you will meet them; you will rely on them for guidance and sustenance and actual shelter. Here's the important part: they were once exactly where you are.

See where we'd be without Wellesley Women

On March 8, International Women's Day, Wellesley spotlighted some of the contributions Wellesley alumnae have made that have changed—and improved—how we live and work. From groundbreakers to creative geniuses, from risk takers to innovators, we present a small group of alumnae to represent Wellesley’s long history of women who made a difference:

 

Without Wellesley Women...

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Rowing in college would still be men-only.

The first women’s crew team was established by Wellesley women.

American flag

America would still be breathtaking, but we wouldn’t be singing about it.

Katharine Lee Bates, Class of 1880, wrote the lyrics to “America the Beautiful.”

galaxy

The stars would have no names.

Annie Jump Cannon, Class of 1884, created a star classification system.

car

There would be no Buicks traveling the streets of China.

As a vice president of General Motors, Shirley Young ’55 was instrumental in launching the automaker’s operations in China.

stethoscope

Doctors would still be treating women like men.

Vivian Pinn ’62 was the first director of the Office of Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health.

clapperboard

Harry wouldn’t have met Sally.

Journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger Nora Ephron ’62 wrote the rom-com classic When Harry Met Sally...

NPR logo

NPR wouldn’t be on the air.

Linda Wertheimer ’65 and Cokie Roberts ’64, along with Nina Totenberg, are considered the founding mothers of National Public Radio.

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The Met would have no photography department.

Maria Morris Hambourg ’71 created and curated the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Zipcar logo

You might be running errands on foot; ZipCars wouldn’t exist.

Robin Chase ’80 cofounded the car-sharing company Zipcar.

E=mc2

An Einstein prediction would still be just a prediction.

Nergis Mavalvala ’90 helped prove one of Einstein's predictions of relativity.