Education: Why Can't a Woman Be More?

She can -- at women's colleges, which are flourishing once again

Last month Freshman Shannon Welcome, 18, of Woodstock, Ill., started classes at St. Mary's, a small women's college across the street from Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. "I guess you could say it's my dream school," she exclaims. "I can take classes at Notre Dame but still have the intimacy and nurturing atmosphere of St. Mary's." Welcome is considering a law career, and, she says, "I think the competitive benefits of being in a women's college will give me an edge."

Mary Wadland, 20, feels much the same about her education at Hollins College in Virginia. "I've come out much...

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