Women Empowering MBAs

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” ― Virginia Woolf

She is strong, inspiring, and influential, respected and is said to possess excellent managerial skills. The second decade of 21st century has seen a great rise in the number of woman opting MBAs. The great homemaker is now taking a step forward to run a million dollar enterprise. From the traditionally male-dominated industries such as technology, entrepreneurialism and politics, to the worlds of sport, the arts, humanitarian work woman are taking over.

Who knows the art of spending, saving and investing better than a woman? She learns to manage all with her wit and will, which makes her an all time favorite of multi-national companies. And when she is a part of a traditional Indian Family, she bestows this managerial skill from her mother.

Why choose MBA?

Studies reveal that, a woman asks for a less payout than a man and is tend to have a more encouraging impact on the surroundings. She is ready to work harder and is more career oriented showing evident results.  The great part about hiring a woman is she is often ready to compromise in a working area

In the year 2012, Indian companies went all out to attract women for top roles which resulted in increase in their share in senior management roles increased from9% in the year 2011 to 14% in 2012, an over 50% growth, reveals a study commissioned by TOI.

And when it comes to making money, the Huffington Post reports that the

2012 ranking of the 500 largest corporations in the United States includes record 18 firms helmed by female CEOs, up from 12 companies in 2011.

It’s good news too for women-owned business; women are showing their entrepreneurial flair like never before. 187 million women worldwide are currently starting or running a business enterprise, a 20 percent increase over the last decade.



MBA is mostly considered as a male dominated area due to which we see lesser number of women participating than men. This range of this difference is more in our country (India) than in countries like Europe and US.

Although companies are ready to hire higher female candidates, but in a country like India where women are ready to sacrifice their career for family, becomes a major deterrent.

Financial assistance too at times becomes a major setback. In a typical traditional Indian Family,career oriented women

where parents are ready to shell out lakhs for their male child’s education are not willing to do the same for their daughters.

The other barrier could be taken as confidence. Women often start out at a lower position, earn less and do not move up the ladder as quickly as their male counterparts, their job satisfaction drops over time. Frustration at work, the difficulty of managing career and children and family influence makes them to drop out.

New empowerment?

Even with difficulties ‘she is moving ahead.

Statistics show that in 2010, around 53,732 women took the CAT exam and this number grew by 13.2% between 2010 and 2012.

Overall, IIMs have around 15% female students, and in 2012 the percentage of women shortlisted at the top three IIMs went up to 23.3% from 15.96%. Indian School of Business (ISB), on the other hand, has an impressive 28% women in its present class of 767 management students against a global average of around 35-45% at business schools like Harvard and Wharton.

Fact is an MBA degree can open doors which you thought never existed. If you’re a graduate and planning to get married, hold it for a year or two. Think. And if you think its worth it go for an MBA.  It will give you opportunities like never before. When you earn an MBA degree, it opens up doors all over the business world. An MBA is extremely versatile and will be valuable to you no matter what industry you decide to enter. MBAs work in large and small corporations, non profit organizations, health care fields, government establishments, and many other types of business settings or else you can start your own business.

Give it a thought!

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A physics geek and math lover, I write for MBA Ka Keeda. When I am not working i love to read and meet new people.I wish to become a physicist and philanthropist someday.

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