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WOMEN EMPOWERMENT: History of Women’s Education

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Until recently, women have largely been excluded from the educational system. By understanding the history of women’s education one is able to better appreciate how far we have come and the extraordinary women who got us here.

 It may surprise you to know that while Harvard opened in 1636, the first college to admit women did not do so for another 200 years. Women did not begin attending college in equal numbers to men until as recently as 1980.  Women are standing up everywhere and a great development progress has been made in the developed world. However, many places around the developing world are still there where Harvard was 200 years ago. People are standing up to close the gender gap, and we ask you to join us in this effort.

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ABOUT Women's Education and Empowerment in the World


The opportunity cost of less than equal and fair empowerment of women is too high to each community, country and the world. An important and fundamental empowerment resource is education, especially higher education. Women Empowerment involves conscious or unconscious efforts by the woman or and with the woman to be equipped with information, knowledge, skills and to have access to platforms which enables self discovery, dreams, freedom from fears, and realization of potential.


Host: Dr. Surendra Kaushik

Helena Kaushik Education Foundation