Welcome to Women’s History Month 2024

Welcome to Women’s History Month! To kickstart the theme designated by the National Women’s History Alliance of “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,” the Questrom Feld Center for Career and Alumni Engagement hosted “Women in the Workplace,” featuring Megan Greenfield, of McKinsey & Co. to discuss the findings of the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America.

This year’s theme recognizes women who understand that a prosperous future depends on the elimination “of bias and discrimination from our lives and institutions.” Megan Greenfield proposed solutions that we can apply every day to rewrite women’s lives at work for the better, including calling out microaggressions, introducing and maintaining a flexible work schedule, and using multiple interviewees to eliminate the “mini-me” bias.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell worked to create the Talking Statues Project featured at the Boston Women’s Memorial on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, giving voices to Lucy Stone, a prominent abolitionist and suffragist and first Massachusetts woman to earn a college degree, Phillis Wheatley, a formerly enslaved person and first published African American poet in America, and Abigail Adams, a close advisor to her husband, President John Adams, and mother of President John Quincy Adams. To listen to the recording, visit the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail Website.

For those who would like a short background, Women’s History Month started as a week-long celebration in Santa Rosa, California in 1978, by The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women. The week became a National observance in 1980, and in 1987, it extended to the whole month of March as Pub. L 100-9 was passed by Congress after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women’s History Alliance.)

At Questrom, we’re working hard to foster gender diversity and equity through transformative programming, such as the Women in the Workplace Luncheon and Presentation. Questrom’s student body is made up of 43% women, with multiple graduate programs exhibiting over 50% representation. Questrom ranks 26th in the Bloomberg Businessweek’s Full-time MBA Ranking Diversity Index and ties for the 22nd highest percentage of female students across US full-time MBA programs in the Financial Times.

To explore and learn, visit the Women’s History Month Website.

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