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Women at Wharton
Though slight variations exist among concentrations, the MBA is still a largely male-dominated degree. The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business is closing this disparity. In 2011, Wharton admitted 45% of female applicants – up from 39.7% the previous year – and the Class of 2013 graduated with an even 45% of female MBAs. These figures represent the highest in the country, not to mention the highest in any of the nation’s top-25 MBA programs. The increase in female student body population is noted by admissions counselors as a conscious and welcomed event, as well as a landmark achievement for the school.
The acceptance of diversity at Wharton is largely contributed to collaboration efforts with women-focused clubs and foundations, as well as diversity networks that cater to families and women in a global setting.
Wharton Women in Business (WWIB) is a social and professional organization and connects Wharton women to alumnae, women in leadership, and students with similar interests. Working alongside WWIB at Wharton is the Forte Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings together top business schools and major firms to empower and educate women to achieve success and leadership in the business world through networking, professional development, and social events.
However, Wharton recognizes that for women to succeed, they must also take into great consideration the role of Wharton women as mothers and integral family members. To serve this unique group of women, Wharton has enacted the Wharton Partners Club to organize social events for Wharton spouses and significant others to understand themselves as a valuable part of the Wharton community. Similarly, the Wharton Kids Club was created to provide a support network, activities planning, and social family-oriented opportunities for Wharton students with families.
Finally, to provide Wharton women with the resources and connections to excel on a worldwide level, Wharton has partnered with 85 Broads, a global network located in over 90 countries and with over 20,000 female members. Over the past decade, 85 Broads has created an expansive network of female leaders, professionals, students and alumnae linked together through undergraduate and graduate schools. The 85 Broads campus hosts events for members that address global issues, such as wealth and industry management, and pulls together inspirational women to lead in forums, panels, and workshops. This among other opportunities available at Wharton present women with inexhaustible routes for personal and professional development.