No one organization is responsible for the advancement of women, and that means every organization is. Women’s empowerment starts with education. It continues with the ability to earn an equitable living, especially in fields where women are underrepresented, and crests with women playing leadership roles at work or owning their own businesses.

On International Women’s Day, we’re using the international language of numbers to highlight three very different organizations that are empowering women, as well as looking into empowerment in our own backyard. The three external organizations are exactly the kinds of entities that AB’s sustainable and impact investing strategies focus on, while our own example is an effort to hold ourselves accountable as we consider the way forward.

THE CASE FOR WOMEN’S COLLEGES: MOUNT SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY in LOS ANGELES

Number of women majoring in math, science or pre-med at a women’s college for every 100 women doing so at a co-ed institution: 1501

Women who complete a graduate degree after attending a women’s college in 2012: 51%

…and after attending a co-ed liberal arts college: 33%

…and after attending a co-ed public university: 27%2

Percent of graduates of Mount Saint Mary’s University, the only women’s college in the western United States, who earn an advanced degree after college: 68%

Percent of Mount Saint Mary’s students who receive needs-based aid from the federal government to attend college: 67%...