When NASA astronauts first walked on the moon in 1969, eight-year-old Pamela Melroy was watching. Very few people who saw the Eagle land have forgotten the sight, but for Pam, the experience was more than awe-inspiring-it changed the course of her life.
Regardless of whether we are talking about making Earth a more long-term hospitable place for life forms as we know them or some other particular topic, you can expect to find emerging from women’s colleges a great many leaders and change-makers, thinkers and communicators, intelligent and invested women with a mission.
In 1998, voters in a focus group were asked to close their eyes and imagine what a governor should look like. "They automatically pictured a man," says Barbara Lee, whose foundation promoting women's political advancement sponsored the survey. "The kind you see in those portraits hanging in statehouse hallways."