MBA News: Evaluating the Status of Gender Equality at Business Schools

The topic of gender equality at business schools has been widely discussed for years. Recent mbaMission news stories have highlighted Harvard Business School’s (HBS’s) efforts to recruit more women and the Financial Times’ examination of the gender divide in salary among MBA graduates. One of the latest developments on the subject comes from a self-described “gender diversity consultancy” called 20-first. The company recently released a Global Gender Balance Scorecard that examines the top 100 business schools as ranked by the Financial Times in 2015.

HBS came in first on the scorecard, which ranked programs by the gender divide among both MBA students and the faculty—at HBS, 41% of students and 25% of the faculty were women. Of the top 12 ranked schools, no program had more than 43% female students, and all but three had fewer than 25% female faculty members. Although gender inequality might still be rampant, things seem to be moving in the right direction: according the scorecard, most business schools have shown improvement in their statistics since 2010.

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