Women's education is the very essence of Meredith College—it is the reason the College came into being. Here, educating women takes many forms. Through programs like the Zawadi Africa Education Fund, a partnership that assists Kenyan women in pursuing a college education, and the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, Meredith's commitment to educating women extends far beyond the borders of our state and country. New initiatives like the 2009 Women's Leadership Summit allow Meredith's educational opportunities to touch women of all ages and backgrounds, while academic programs such as the rapidly expanding dual degree engineering program support women's education in fields traditionally dominated by men. And all Meredith students benefit from an educational setting that is focused specifically on the needs and learning styles of women.
"After a year of work I am planning to go to grad school in order to get my master's degree. After that I will move back to Afghanistan and work with the United Nations, a nonprofit organization or the government. Eventually I plan to open my own nonprofit organization to help orphaned children and women who have suffered the most from the war in Afghanistan. Opening my own organization will not only allow me to help needy people, but also will fulfill a dream of having my own business.
I believe that women's colleges are still needed in the world. Meredith and the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women (IEAW) have contributed a lot in helping Afghan women to get an education in the U.S. Every Afghan woman dreams to have an education in the developed countries—there isn't any greater feeling than achieving your dream." -Benafsha Noori, '10