Women and the GW MBA program
While the recent article on female representation in business programs, “Number of female MBAs declines, bucking national trend” (April 4, pg. 1), was both enlightening and informative, the article misses the larger point about a growing number of female MBA candidates attending the GW School of Business.
A recent review of highly ranked MBA programs in the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking shows that not a single top 20 MBA program reports an MBA female percentage that exceeds 40 percent. Here at the GW School of Business, our percentage of female MBAs is 42 percent and has averaged 43 percent during the last four years, which outpaces programs found at Stanford (34 percent), Harvard (36 percent), Wharton (40 percent), University of Chicago (31 percent) and New York University (34 percent). We are a market leader when it comes to attracting high caliber women to rigorous MBA programs.
Female MBA candidates at GW feel empowered and enriched through class discussions, community service projects and full participation in extracurricular clubs and activities. Look closely, and you will find GW MBA women in a multitude of leadership roles in organizations such as Net Impact and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.
As a female MBA candidate at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in the early nineties, I was part of a minority population as both an African-American student and a woman. The good news is that the MBA landscape has shifted, and one can now find female MBA students in a multitude of business programs studying everything from finance to real estate development and nonprofit management. With a robust female population equipped with strong voices, enthusiasm and ambition, we are positioned for even greater success as we continue to recruit and attract top female talent.
Judith Stockmon is the executive director of MBA admissions.