The nuns who gave us Nancy Pelosi

Forbes magazine recently published a list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. When it came to their academic background, Princeton produced more graduates who ended up on the list than any other university.

In second place was a tiny, little-known school called Trinity College.

Yes, it turns out many of America’s most powerful women — including several leading figures in American politics — went to a college most Americans have probably never heard of, which makes for a really interesting piece in the new issue of the print edition of the Washington Monthly. Here’s the editor’s new summary of the story:

Tucked into a verdant patch of Washington DC just off North Capitol Street is a small Catholic women’s college that few Americans have ever heard of. But the impact of this school, Trinity Washington University, is out of all proportion to its size or reputation. In a narrative tour-de-force in the July/August Washington Monthly, Kevin Carey explores how this tiny, austere institution produced some of the most powerful women in American public life, including Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sibelius, and instilled in them the vision and fortitude they needed to carry last year’s health care reform bill across the finish line.

Read “The Trinity Sisters.”

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.