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Women and Financial Independence Program


The Women and Financial Independence Program at Smith College is designed to provide women with the skills and knowledge necessary to address financial matters that may arise in their personal, professional, family and community lives. In establishing this program, Smith recognizes financial literacy as vital to achieving leadership of all kinds in today's complex world. The program aims to enable women to contribute to their own well-being as well as to that of their families and communities. Thus it adds another dimension to what Sophia Smith envisioned when she founded the college: through women's higher education,"their power for good will be incalculably enlarged."

As women become more active participants in the economy as workers and consumers, as they earn higher incomes and accumulate greater wealth, and as they take on increased financial responsibility for themselves and their families, financial acumen becomes more critical to their personal and professional well being. Women live longer than men and spend twice as many years in retirement. Women's lives are affected in more dramatic and debilitating ways by divorce and single parenthood. Women tend to cycle in and out of the workforce more than men. Not surprisingly therefore, the majority of women consider"financial security"to be one of their top priorities, yet most women feel they do not have the knowledge to address financial matters.

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Academic Departments records

Identifier: CA-MS-01010
Overview The collection contains papers of academic departments, including Interdepartmental, Sciences, Languagem, Colloquiu, and Social Sciences. The collection has publications, syllabuses, source notes, department records and memos, photographs, and material on departmental clubs.
Dates of Materials: 1880 - 2014