Why a women-only classroom?

Smith College Executive Education

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At Smith College Executive Education for Women we’re asked about our women-only program model a lot. Why a women-only classroom? Don’t women need to work alongside men to succeed? Although our program has been around for nearly 40 years, we realize that single-gender education is still a bit of an anomaly.

So when we read last week’s Businessweek.com article “Don’t Fall for the Hype About Leadership Programs for Women,” we felt compelled to intervene. Its author, Karen L. Cates, made some bold assertions about executive education programs for women that need to be addressed.

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