MBAs need women

Diversity is the buzzword on almost all MBA programs. You can learn from the professors of course, but the learning MBA candidates get from their peers is the most valuable part, most alumni say. So to interact with people from the widest possible background gives the widest possible range of experience.

Having averaged at about 33% for a number of years, the number of female MBA applicants and GMAT test-takers peaked at over 40% for the first time, in 2009. More and more schools, such as IE BS in Spain, Rouen BS in France and organisations such as QS are offering scholarships to women only, at various levels of education.

Florence Barkats, a student of London Business School, believes that “the balance could reach 50% in the near future. Why not? With more women mentoring female MBAs than ever before we could see this happen sooner rather than later.”

With progressive business schools and universities encouraging this, and the enormous rise in applications from women in China, amongst others, why not?

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