Anne Eisenhower ’09

Name: Anne Eisenhower ’09

Current Title/Profession: Public affairs specialist, Office of Strategic Planning, U.S. Department of State

City: Washington, D.C.

Major: Politics and art history

What was your first job after MHC?: U.S. Department of State

Favorite class/professor and why: It’s hard to pick just one, but I’d have to say Penny Gill (politics). She was my first-year advisor, and I relied on her sound advice throughout my time at Mount Holyoke. I also loved her first-year seminar course on globalization.

Talents and/or passions discovered at MHC: I discovered my passion for art and architecture, as well as communications. I never thought I would end up doing what I do in my career, and I think I got here through all of the varied experiences Mount Holyoke afforded me.

What do you value most about your liberal arts education?: It was wonderful to be able to experience all that a liberal arts education has to offer. It was easy to be a curious and multifaceted person at Mount Holyoke, and to learn how disciplines intermingle and support each other.

Why is a women’s education still relevant today?: Women’s education is 100 percent still relevant, especially in a world where women are still having to prove that we deserve to be at the table. Working in the government, in a predominantly male-dominated profession, I am thankful every day I had those years to build up my confidence.

What do you want the world to know about MHC?: What a wonderful place it is, and how supportive an environment it is, even after you leave. I feel just as close to Mount Holyoke now as I did when I attended. When you go to Mount Holyoke, you end up with far more than a normal college experience. You end up with friends for life, and a continued passion for women’s education and rights.

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