A study by Forté Foundation reveals a jump of almost 4% in women’s enrollment in top business schools over a five-year period.

According to the study, women now make up 40% or more of MBA students in 12 top business schools in the United States – a positive development considering only five MBA programmes achieved this last year. bloombergforteThe report analysed full-time enrollment at 36 member schools, including Wharton, Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth and Sloan.

business-school-women-female-enrolmentWhile the closing of the gender gap in business schools is of great significance, women still hold very few executive roles. In 2015 women only hold 4.4% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies, a big contrast when compared with women in education and leadership.

The growing number of female MBA students is a clear sign that women could be filling more executive roles in the near future, believes Forté executive director Elissa Sangster.

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Author: José Santiago, Digital Content Specialist, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum

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