Celebrating International Women’s Day—and Beyond
On International Women’s Day, we are proud to recognize the brilliant women of MIT Sloan: our faculty, staff, alumnae, and students.
MIT Sloan faculty members have long explored topics of gender and diversity in the workforce, including work by Professor Emeritus Lotte Bailyn on gender discrimination among the faculty at MIT and new research on worker well-being from our colleague Erin Kelly. We are honored to count among our MIT community numerous Nobel prize winners, including economist Esther Duflo who won the 2019 economics prize and MIT alumna Andrea Ghez, who won in 2020 for physics. MIT Sloan alumnae have forged remarkable paths as entrepreneurs and business leaders, from Christina Qi of Domeyard and Databento to Stephanie Lampkin at Blendoor and Martha Samuelson at Analysis Group. Our students carry on this tradition of invention and boldness, with undergraduate Valeria Robayo named a winner of the 2020 Imagine Challenge.
We are working hard to expand our roster of women leaders at MIT Sloan, actively recruiting new faculty members and experienced lecturers in recent years. We also continue to study the challenges facing women in business, including the obstacles they encounter as they seek funding and patents to bring their ideas to the world. Our series, The Bias Cut, profiles women leaders in business and explores their career paths.
Despite these strong foundations, we know there is more work to be done to welcome more women into our academic programs and our senior faculty ranks. And we know that simply increasing the numbers, while important, is insufficient on its own.
That’s why we’re aiming higher, building towards true inclusion across all dimensions of diversity in the MIT Sloan community and in the wider world. With courses and programs about unconscious bias, as well as our Inclusive Innovation series, which in April features a discussion with Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago and Mayor London Breed of San Francisco, we are raising awareness of the steps we all can take together to move from a day celebrating women’s achievements to a world that offers a level playing field for those achievements every day.
Fiona and Ray
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Management
Behavioral and Policy Sciences