At one time, there were hundreds of all-women colleges and universities in the United States. It wasn’t considered morally acceptable for young women to attend the same colleges and universities where young men attended. The thought of young women attending a college or university where young men attended was considered to be scandalous and no proper parent would consider doing such a thing.
However, over the past century and more, moral standards have eased and many colleges and universities began to accept both male and female students. The rise of coed education resulted in some all-women’s colleges to open their doors to male students and others closed their doors for good. At the same time, many all-male colleges also opened their doors to female students with very few of them opting to close their doors as a result of the more lax social trend.
Today, more and more colleges have turned to allowing coed dorms, which should be the ultimate nightmare for most parents, especially the parents of daughters attending school.
Yes, there are still fewer than 100 all-women’s colleges left in the United States. One website lists 53 current all-women’s 4-year colleges still operating in the country. Believe it or not, one of the smallest states, Massachusetts has the most with 6, followed by New York and Pennsylvania each with 5.
For those parents who may be considering sending their daughters to one of these all-women’s colleges as a means to help protect their daughters from the sexual onslaught of hormonally driven college-aged boys, think again and do some checking first.
Why? A growing number of all-women’s colleges have begun accepting male students who claim to be female (transgender). The males can be 100% biological males, but because they ‘claim’ to be female, they are allowed into the all-women’s colleges.
On the flip side, a girl, who is 100% biologically female who claim to be male, are NOT being allowed admittance to many of the same colleges.
It makes no difference if there are any plans to undergo a sex change or not, it’s just about what gender the person claims to be.
One of the more recent all-women’s colleges to admit transgender males is Stephens College in Missouri. In their Frequently Asked Questions on their school’s admission policies, it states:
“OK, for those of us who don’t really understand the terms or issues here, what does that actually mean?”
“It means that the College’s undergraduate residential women’s program will continue to admit and enroll students who are women and who live as women, just as it always has. It will also admit and enroll students who were not born female, but who identify and live as women; those students will need to provide legal documentation that they are legally women or that they are transitioning to female.”
“Because the College has expanded its definition of womanhood to include both sex and gender, it is logically consistent that it also acknowledges both sex and gender in its definition of manhood. As a result, the College will stop admitting and enrolling students who were born female but who now identify as men or who are transitioning from female to male.”
“The College will also continue to admit and enroll students who were born female but who identify as nonbinary, meaning students who experience their gender identity as falling outside the categories of man and woman. The College will no longer admit or enroll students who identify as non-binary but who are transitioning to male.”
Before you send your daughters to an all-women’s college thinking they are safe, understand that a growing number of these colleges are going to allow biological males to shower, live among and attend classes with the real female students. You may be better off sending your daughters to a nearby college or university that is close enough for them to live at home. It will be cheaper and hopefully safer for your daughter(s).
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