After #MeToo, do we need women only colleges more than ever? | R. Rehman

Studying among smart, empowered women at a single-sex college has given me the confidence to challenge gender norms

The #MeToo movement is now one year old. What began as a series of allegations against Harvey Weinstein is now catalysing discussions on how power is distributed and abused, the absence of women in senior roles, and gaps in earnings between male and female workers. Celebrating the movement’s milestones to date, a recent feature in the Economist suggested that “one protection against abuse is for junior women to work [and study] in an environment that other women help create and sustain”.

At face value, this recommendation may appear counterintuitive. It calls on women to self-segregate, and to use this as a vehicle to overturn the unequal distribution of power that causes them to self-segregate in the first place.

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R. Rehman is alumna of a women’s college at the University of Cambridge

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