After Wellesley

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Take in some of the frankly astonishing places women go from Wellesley.

PHOTO: All over the earth and beyond. See article about Wellesley's NSF Graduate Research Fellowship grant recipients.

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

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 emerita of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. That’s no accident. See a sampling of Wellesley's illustrious alumnae.  See the Alumnae Career Survey graphic, which illustrates the careers of nearly 1,500 Wellesley alumnae and shows the individual arcs connecting their chosen majors (or double majors) to their chosen career areas.

Into the Pages of History

So, for example: two secretaries of state; presidents of Duke, Mills, Vassar, and Trinity; 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—indeed 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.

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.

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