Latest News

Women’s Colleges Lead Push to Redefine Gender Rules

At a women’s college, gender should be the easiest qualification for entry.

That’s no longer the case. Women’s colleges across the country are reconsidering their admission policies to adapt to a changing world in which gender norms are being challenged and more transgender students are seeking to enroll. It’s a complicated calculus for many colleges, prompting concerns that these new considerations could affect the nature of single-gender schools.

Pressured by proactive student groups, some of the nation’s 40-plus women’s colleges are debating enrollment changes but also how to accommodate students who identify as men, such linguistics questions as the use of feminine pronouns, and whether school mission statements should be rewritten.