Stephens College Dream Up


Easy to spot. Hard to stop.

Stephens College believes in educating and empowering women of all ages and stages in life.

We’re one of 12 institutional partners in The Women in Public Service Project, an innovative program that aims to increase the number of women in civic leadership roles. As part of that partnership, Stephens students, administrators and faculty have connected with women from across the globe.

Stephens believes in the power of a women’s college. Studies have shown that graduates of all-female campuses go on to be more successful than female graduates of co-ed colleges.

One study from the National Survey of Student Engagement and analyzed by the Women's College Coalition compared the experiences of women attending women’s colleges with those of women attending co-educational institutions.

After controlling for both individual and institutional characteristics, the study found both first-year and senior women attending women’s colleges reported higher levels of academic challenge.

Similarly, both seniors and first-year students at women’s colleges scored higher on active and collaborative learning and student-faculty interaction than their counterparts at coeducational institutions. Women’s college students were also more likely to engage in integrative activities that lead to deep learning.

Both first-year and seniors at women’s colleges reported that their campus environment encouraged and supported diverse interactions and an understanding of diversity to a greater degree than women at coeducational schools.

Read more about the report here.

Many women who have become "firsts" attended a women's college. They include:

  • Stephens alumna Jeane Kirkpatrick, the first female ambassador to the U.N.
  • Wally Funk ’58, one of the Mercury 13 and the first female air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board
  • Stephens alumna Virginia Shehee first woman elected to the Louisiana Senate without succeeding a husband
  • Madeleine Albright, the first woman to be named U.S. Secretary of State
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first First Lady to be elected to the Senate
  • Pearl S. Buck, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Katharine Hepburn, first and only person to win four Academy Awards for acting
  • Emily Green Balch, the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Jane Amsterdam. the first woman editor of The New York Post
  • Barbara Cassani, the first female CEO of a commercial airline

Stephens is home to the Marshall Lecture Series aimed to stimulate an interest in international affairs and the Women in Civic Leadership Lecture Series highlighting Stephens College alumnae.