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More Women Than Ever Before Are Going to Harvard Business School

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Exciting things are happening at Harvard, particularly over at the business school. According to The Harvard Gazette, a record number of women will be entering Harvard Business School this fall, making up 40% of the class of 2015. Way to go, ladies!

So why is this especially impressive? It was only in 1971 that women made up just 4% of the HBS student body, and there wasn’t even a ladies’ room in the business school building until 1969. Prior to then, female students had to hike all the way to the basement of the Baker Library to use the bathroom.

Business schools are still behind in female enrollment compared to medical and law schools, but it’s looking like that could soon change. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, the number of women taking the GMAT has increased by 10% in the past decade alone. Additionally, business schools are making a major push to recruit more women, so we could certainly see more females earning their MBAs in the near future.

Congratulations to the ladies of the Harvard Business School Class of 2015, and here’s hoping that this trend continues!

Are you a woman in business school? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!

Ask Levo Mentor and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg about her time at Harvard Business School and how she feels about this news. 

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I am a huge proponent of women earning a MBA degree and hope to see the percentage growing in the future.


Awesome jump in percentage from 1971!! Great to see such an increase and can't wait to see it continue.

Meredith Lepore

Meredith is the Editor at Large for Levo League. Before that she was the Editor in Chief of The Grindstone and was on staff at Business Insider. She has written for magazines including Marie Claire, SELF, Women's Health and Cosmopolitan. She earned her Masters in Magazine, Newspaper and Online journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time and enjoys SoulCycle, jogging and playing with her Yorkshire Terrier Otis, who also loves SoulCycle.