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Sixty years after the first woman graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, 60 Years of Alumnae aims to tell the stories of women in the business school beginning when the School of Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1956-1957. The school was built on the Department of Business Administration at the School of Foreign Service (SFS) and the first woman was admitted when the new school opened its doors in 1956. There was only one woman — Rita (Zekas) Sielicki — but the school was "coed" from the outset. The book and this site highlight alumnae from the school, representing the range of undergraduate and master’s students from Rita Sielicki in 1960 to members of the MBA, EMBA, MSF, and MA-IBP classes of 2018 and 2019. These stories attempt to capture their experiences at Georgetown and after in their own words. Profiles are grouped by decade, with an introductory chapter for each about what’s happening in the world, women at Georgetown, women in higher education more generally, and women in the workplace. The book also provides a composite profile of women faculty and staff. These intervening chapters provide useful context for the stories of the individual alumnae.
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Activism was a theme of the second decade of the 21st century. In the United States, men and women voiced their support for equality--gender, racial, and sexual orientation. In addition to annual women’s rights as well as right to life marches, young and old alike showed up at rallies around the country to address gun violence, climate change, and racism.

The decade saw a Democratic president and a Republican president. In 2018, The House of Representatives contained a record-setting 102 women and the Senate had 25 women members, making the 116th Congress 24% women overall, the highest in U.S. history. The 2018 Congressional class marked a number of historic firsts for women, including the elections of the first Muslim women, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, and the first Native American women, Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids.

The McDonough School of Business, now in its new home in the Hariri Building, propelled into the new decade with innovative programs and initiatives, all while maintaining its standards of academic excellence. The school’s programs excelled in national and global rankings. New graduate programs in finance, international business and policy, and in management all launched. The decade also gave birth to new centers and initiatives around global real estate, financial markets and policy, entrepreneurship, global business, and the study of markets and ethics. The school prides itself on educating its students to not only be the best in the world, but the best for the world.

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