Why Should You Give? Reason #47:
Honor a fellow Smithie
As talented young women are increasingly recognized as the hope of their nations, organizations, and families, Smith College is embarking on a defining initiative: to educate women for the world.
We have an extraordinary opportunity to affirm our status as a global women’s college, matching our greatest strength—women’s education—with one of the world’s great needs: women leaders.
To this end, we are embarking on a $450 million campaign that will make Smith the destination college for ambitious young women eager, as Sophia Smith envisioned, to increase their “power for good.”
The reason for this campaign is simple. Smith students deserve an education that matches their ambition.
Through this multiyear, international effort, we will provide women with educational opportunities that have not existed before. We will welcome students from around the world, creating a diverse campus community. We will design new ways to prepare students for leadership in a global society, giving them the confidence and perspective to tackle humanity’s most serious challenges.
Most importantly, we will offer alumnae, parents, friends, and other stakeholders the opportunity to invest in these exceptional young women who, strengthened by their education, hold the promise to transform our world.
Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith will help us realize our vision of reimagining the liberal arts for the 21st century. Every Smith student will expand the depth and breadth of her knowledge by making powerful connections among academic disciplines. She will experience life in a culture different from her own; she will collaborate with leading scholars and peers from every part of the world; she will acquire the skills she needs to pursue a productive and meaningful life; and she will graduate empowered and emboldened to lead in a world that grows more complex by the day.
In the past decade, Smith has seen impressive growth in the number and quality of its applicants, with young women from around the world spurred by the desire for a challenging, engaging, global education.
Educating women for leadership speaks directly to a compelling societal need and answers the question “why a women’s college?” in a powerful way. It’s a growing consensus among businesses, governments, and NGOs around the world that one simple solution to some of our greatest challenges is to educate more young women and empower them to lead change. This has been Smith’s way of thinking from the beginning.
Our students graduate with a powerful sense of agency that provides a foundation for effective action and leadership in their communities. Indeed, Smith’s vision of global women’s leadership is deeply informed by the experiences of our alumnae, who credit their Smith education with giving them the capacities crucial to their success: intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, effective writing and public speaking, and the confidence to step forward with conviction. In the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India, and Africa, and in diplomatic and business circles around the globe, Smith women are widely known for stepping up, speaking out, and leading change. The young women who come to Smith today are eager to add to this powerful legacy.