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Women at Oxford

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Oxford has a long history of educating women leaders. Among our famous alumnae are:

  • Indira Gandhi, former prime minister of India

  • Dorothy Hodgkin, Nobel Prize-winning chemist

  • Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of Great Britain

  • Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan

  • Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of lastminute.com

  • Susan Rice, former US Ambassador to the United Nations

  • Aung San Suu Kyi, leader, Burmese National League for Democracy and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Female alumnae of Oxford Saïd have gone on to work in a wide range of roles and industries all around the world. They include Sally Fan from China, now a vice president at Deutsche Bank in New York, Kuntha Chelvanathan from Australia, a senior consultant with Roland Berger in London, Sarita James from the US, who worked for McKinsey and was named a White House Fellow in 2008, and Keely Stevenson from the US who now is an executive at Bamboo Finance, a global investment advisory firm specializing in financing social entrepreneurship, based in Geneva.

The following initiatives take place at the School and aim to support women in business:

Forté Foundation

Oxford Saïd is a proud member of the Forté Foundation. Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of major corporations and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women. The School offers two Forté scholarships aimed at women to enhance access to business education.
Find out more about the Forté Foundation

Oxford Business Network for Women’s Leadership

The Oxford Business Network for Women’s Leadership provides a forum where women can exchange ideas, share experiences, and expand networks. Whether the goal is to climb the corporate ladder, run your own business or successfully balance a career and family, the group’s mission is to create a supportive and interactive community that addresses topics specific to women in today's business world. The group organises several events throughout the year which offer an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others and to network with students, alumni, and staff. Some examples of these events include, the McKinsey women as leader; panel discussions and workshops or round table discussions with Janet Riccio, Executive Vice President, Omnicom Group, to name but a few. 
Learn more about the Oxford Business Network for Women’s Leadership

Inspiring Women in Leadership and Learning

We are committed to encouraging and developing women in their many roles in business, in both developing and developed countries. The Inspiring Women in Leadership and Learning initiative supports this goal. This initiative combines events, workshops and research to open up opportunities to inspire women to become a significant force in their business communities.

Oxford Forum for Women in the World Economy

For the first in this annual series, a select audience was assembled to discuss how best to support women as entrepreneurs throughout the developed and developing world. 

As well as the initiatives mentioned above, there are numerous groups in Oxford that support the women community:

Oxford Women in Business: designed to empower enterprising young women of Oxford University to expand and sharpen their understanding of business and entrepreneurship.

Oxford Women in Politics: a group launched with the aim of tackling the gender disparity evident in political organisations within and outside

Oxford WomCam: a vibrant, discussion and action forum for all women in the University, both graduate and undergraduate. Oxford Women’s Network: committed to enhancing the quality of life for the community of women within the collegiate University.

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