HEC’s entrance exams opened up to women #64

In 1973, for years before the official proclamation of “International Women’s Rights Day” by the United Nations, HEC accomplished a little revolution of its own by opening up its entrance exams to women. Albeit a little late, this measure still played a small part in the slow evolution of gender equality in French society. Its impact was significant on an internal level as well as an external one. On the one hand, the School was putting an end to ten years of isolation for its boys on the campus in Jouy-en-Josas, and on the other it was breaking away from the well-established idea that the world of business was just for men! Today the girls represent between 40 and 50% of the School’s student body. Concerned with securing their role in the economic world, the HEC women alumni group together in the “HEC au féminin” association, which celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2011.
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