In reference to International Women’s Day celebrated this week, a recent GMAC survey reveals that in 2010 a record number of women applied to business schools, while 105,900 took the GMAT. This increase is mainly thanks to efforts by schools to encourage women to seek MBA studies, with the greatest increase recorded in women in the U.S.- 50,053 women took the GMAT, more than in any other country. However, despite this increase, women are still a minority among MBA students.
Among 263,979 GMAT tests taken last year, 40.1% were by women. In the U.S. women were only 39% of test-takers while in other countries women represented the majority, including China (62.8%), Vietnam (59.4%), and Russia (56.6%). Almost half of female test-takers worldwide were under the age of 25, and their average age was 26.2 compared with 27.6 among men. The women applied to 2.5 programs on average while men applied to 3.
In terms of finding works after graduation, it seems that women still find more difficulty than men- an average female graduate submitted 25 job applications, 5 more than an average male graduate, and received 4 interviews and 1 job offer while men received 5 interviews and 2 job offers.