From May 31 to June 2, 2011, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges hosted the inaugural Women’s Education Worldwide conference for faculty. Representatives of women’s colleges around the globe came together to discuss the current state of women’s education internationally and to explore new, innovative ways to enable faculty to collaborate remotely once they returned to their home countries.
The Women’s Education Worldwide (WEW) initiative was founded by Mount Holyoke and Smith as a way to share best practices, to collect and disseminate data about women’s colleges, to foster exchange among member institutions, and to advocate for the advancement of women’s education internationally.
WEW’s first conference, which was held in 2004, brought together the presidents and chief academic officers of women’s colleges and universities from around the world, and they’ve been meeting biannually since then. In 2008, WEW convened its inaugural conference for students.