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For her second chart today, White House economist Betsey Stevenson breaks down how women now make up the majority of college students. Follow along → I Love Charts.


Next up, let’s talk about college: Women now make up the majority of college and graduate students. Nice work!

Since the mid-1990s:

  1. A greater share of young women have obtained four-year college degrees than men.
  2. The share of young women enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate study has increased.
  3. Most 18 to 34 year-old students are enrolled in undergraduate programs, and the percent enrolled in graduate school has gone way up.

Today, the share of young women enrolled in graduate school is more than 25% higher than the share of men. Learn more about how President Obama’s fighting to make college more affordable for women (and men).

Excited for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games? To celebrate, we teamed up with Michelle Kwan and created videos in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese! Check out what Michelle Kwan has to say about sharing our dreams through sports diplomacy and friendship around the world on Youku, China’s version of YouTube.

Spotted: Tech Girls volunteering in New York City! When they aren’t learning about coding and technology, Tech Girls are making a difference in their host and home communities!

Exchange alumni smile…. a lot! We see pearly whites in selfies with Senator John McCain, at Tumblr headquarters (while talking about girls in tech fields!), and everywhere in between. Those epic smiles light up our day! So we asked our alumni community one simple thing: how do you say ‘smile’ in your language?

Exchange Alumni Lesson #1: Exchanges are for everyone!

When applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Lauren Gaydosh was skeptical of her chances. She didn’t think she fit the profile of “typical” Fulbright participant, but she was awarded a Study/Research grant to Tanzania for 2012-2013!

As Lauren says in her blog post: “There is no typical Fulbrighter. Recipients come from diverse backgrounds and do widely varied research/study projects. The Fulbright Program is for everyone; Fulbright is for you!”

For proof of the diverse pool of exchange participants from around the world, look no further than our alumni community!


Recess #Tonga #PeaceCorps #PeaceCorpsTonga #Tonga78 (at Vaotu’u Free Wesleyan Primary School)

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"She shares her yogurt with me."

(Nairobi, Kenya)

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My coach said I ran like a girl, I said if he could run a little faster he could too.


Happy Birthday, Annie Oakley!

Letter to William McKinley offering to raise a troop of 50 lady sharpshooters to fight the Spanish American War.  They would provide their own rifles and ammunition.  Unfortunately, women were not allowed to serve at that point in our history. 

Image: Letter to President William McKinley from Annie Oakley. April 5, 1898. National Archives Identifier 300369