It has taken over ten years of concerted efforts, but finally America’s elite business schools have significant numbers of female students in their programs. For instance, Wharton and Kellog’s class of 2017 has 43 percent female enrollment. Harvard, Tuck and Stanford has 42 percent enrollment in their MBA programs, while the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley has 41 percent in their newest class.
The change has come quickly. The top schools could only claim 29 percent women in 2005, says the Forté Foundation, a non-profit group whose goal is to increase the number of women in business schools.
“In the past two years this issue has gone from being on the radar of deans to being a priority,” says Elissa Sangster, the executive director at Forté. “Having these top schools at over 40 per cent raises the stakes for others in terms of what they see as attainable.”