Heritage and Hope:
Women's Education in a Global Context

As part of Bryn Mawr College’s 125th anniversary celebration, the College will host scholars, students, alumnae and activists from around the world for an international conference to celebrate the empowering heritage of women’s education and to chart a course for its future. The conference, which will run from September 23-25, 2010, will engage a distinguished list of international scholars and experts, presidents of women’s institutions around the globe, and NGO leaders in a series of keynote addresses, moderated panel presentations and facilitated discussions.

Titled “Heritage and Hope: Women’s Education in a Global Context,” the conference will examine issues of educational access, equity, and opportunity in secondary schools and universities in the United States and around the world. Session topics will include:

  • Leveling the Academic Playing Field: Strategies for Change
  • Enhancing Global Networks—discussion of current and future collaborative connections among women’s colleges around the world
  • Partnering for Global Justice—exploration of possible partnerships between schools, colleges and international NGOs to promote women’s rights and educational opportunities

As the first women’s college to provide graduate and undergraduate education for women, Bryn Mawr College is honored to bring together some of the world’s brightest and most-respected trailblazers for women’s education, and address a wide spectrum of issues relating to women and education today.



"I am . . . much aware of the world's dilemma. People's effect on other people results, it seems to me, in an enforced sense of responsibility— a compulsory obligation to participate in others' problems."

Marianne Moore, class of 1909, Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet »