Hundreds of male MBA hopefuls at top-ranked business schools across the country have pledged to work toward gender equality in the workplace. The pledge, which currently has more than 650 signatures, originated from two students at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, who graduated this spring. Although the pledge has only recently made rounds at such schools as MIT Sloan, Columbia Business School, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, its creators first formed their anti-sexism group, Manbassadors, in 2015. “I believe that as men, it’s our responsibility to become more aware of our unconscious biases around gender, learn ways to mitigate this conditioning, and take action … to address unintentional discrimination,” one of the creators, Patrick Ford, told Forbes. The Manbassadors, who attracted more than a third of the men within last year’s incoming class to join their ranks, are also active on the Haas campus with monthly meetings and weekly emails.
At Wharton, a similar group is titled the “22’s”—a nod to the $0.22 wage gap per dollar between men and women. The participants focus on raising awareness around campus by asking male students to sign the aforementioned pledge and by donning t-shirts bearing the number 22. Haas and Wharton are not alone—30%, or fifteen schools out of the top 50 business schools, including Columbia Business School, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, have formed similar male ally groups.