Women's colleges are historical institutions, dating back to the days when only males were permitted entrance into college. Women's colleges focus on developing academic skills, knowledge, and leadership in women. These institutions teach women to be independent, they empower. When the Supreme Court in the 1950s realized that public male colleges violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, many women's colleges decided to go coed. Many women's colleges remain however, and the famous alums from these colleges are a testament to their worth. Here is the link to view notable alums, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_notable_alumnae_of_women%27s_colleges_in_the_United_States. Just to mention a few notables, Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright attended Wellesley. Meryl Streep graduated from Vassar. Former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is an alum of Trinity College which is now coed as Trinity Washington University. I hope you go and view the list, it is solid proof that women's colleges produce women of strength and ability.