Women in Business

Why have a Women in Business Initiative?

More young women are attending college than ever before. For 2010 graduates, the college enrollment rate was 74% percent for young women and 62.8% percent for young men.

George Mason’s enrollments are consistent with the national average with 55% females in our student population. And business is becoming an increasingly popular area of study for young women. The School of Business has 46% females overall, but for our undergraduate programs, the proportion is closer to 50% female.

Historically women only accounted for 30-35% of enrollment in MBA programs worldwide but over the past few years that has increased to as much as 48% (according to a recent study by Quacquarelli Symonds, a company specializing in international education).

The representation of young women majoring in business and graduate level programs has not translated to the workforce.

According to Catalyst, a nonprofit focused on expanding opportunities for women in the business world, women make up:

  • 46.7% of the U.S. labor force
  • 51.5% of management, professional and related occupations
  • 14.4% of Fortune 500 executive officers
  • 15.7% of Fortune 500 board seats
  • 7.6% of Fortune 500 top earners
  • 2.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs (12 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies)

Through this initiative, we hope to build a supportive network of female business professionals that will open doors for our current female students, our female alumni, and other businesswomen, alike.

George Mason University School of Business

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 10 percent of all AACSB accredited business schools, the School of Business is one of only 25 percent of business schools accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.




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