And After Wellesley
Take in some of the frankly astonishing places women go from here.
To Graduate or Professional School
Eighty percent of our alumnae go to graduate or professional school within 10 years, often in fields (economics, computer science, physics) where women have been traditionally underrepresented, often at top-ranked programs with full funding.
In Pursuit of Seemingly Unreachable Goals
By winning major scholarships and fellowships—Fulbright, Truman, Watson, Rhodes, etc.—that support, to take a few recent examples, research on human trafficking in Moldova, biometric video surveillance, and a global shift toward environmental justice.
Into the Unknown
By being temperamentally entrepreneurial, even trailblazing. Our alumnae include the cofounder of Zipcar, the cofounder of City Year, the first woman to lead climbs to both Mount Everest and K2, the CEO of the Home for Little Wanderers, the executive director of Partners in Health, and the director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. That’s not an accident. See a sampling of Wellesley's illustrious alumnae.
Into the Pages of History
So, for example: two secretaries of state, presidents of Duke and Mills and Vassar, a groundbreaking string theorist, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, a NASA astronaut, Korea’s first female ambassador, the secretary- general of the Third World Conference on Women, and the women who are in some way responsible for Nancy Drew, Miss Manners, the discovery of pheromones, and the idea—actually the tangible proof—that a woman could be President of the United States. Further reading: our Alumnae Achievement Awards. See all Alumnae Achievement Award Winners as well as recent Winners.
Right Back at You
These people are a living presence on campus. They fund internships, they build buildings, they start genius projects like the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, they sit down with current students for a meal, a panel, a workshop. They share their lives, they open their homes, they offer guidance or a listening ear. When people talk about sisterhood, this is part of what they mean.