As a junior liberal arts major at an all-women's college, I can say that I've heard all of the run-of-the-mill stereotypes when it comes to students at my type of colleges. From having my university called "hippy dippy" to being told to love men more, the things I hear from people make me want to cry.
1. Everyone is a lesbian. This makes so much sense. Why would strong, independent women go to a women's college unless they were trying to get laid? Who cares about the traditions, confidence boost of being with fellow women leaders, and degree? Pillow fights are all that matters.
2. We are Feminazis. Obviously, since we go to a women's college, we hate men. All men suck. Whenever anything goes wrong in life, blame the patriarchy.
3. We are going to a modern-day finishing school. The thought that women's colleges and finishing schools are synonymous is degrading. We don't sit around learning how to cook the perfect casserole. We learn exactly what co-ed colleges learn, just in a different environment.
4. We don't know how to act around boys. We aren't a band of babbling, bumbling baboons when it comes to boys. (Thanks, Professor McGonagall.)
5. We won't be successful. Let's look at history since that doesn't lie. Madeleine Albright, a Wellesley College alumna, was the first female U.S. Secretary of State. Drew Gilpin Faust, a Bryn Mawr College alumna, was the first female president of Harvard University. Elizabeth Hoisington, a College of Notre Dame of Maryland alumna, was the first female brigadier general in the U.S. Army.
Don't rely on myths and misconceptions. A women's college is home to independent, fearless women.