Resources for Women

Smith School Resources

50/50 by 2020 Initiative

The 50/50 by 2020 Initiative is Smith’s pledge to achieve gender parity in our MBA programs within the next five years. The date coincides with the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage and represents our commitment to close the gender enrollment gap and inspire and support high-potential women in their career goals.

Business schools exist to develop talent – the leaders who will one day go on to transform their companies, communities and corporate cultures. We believe women should be fully represented in this talent pool.

Lactation Room

A dedicated lactation room is available to Smith School faculty, staff, students, and visitors.  The room is located to your right as you enter the women's bathroom outside of the Frank Auditorium (1524) on the first floor of Van Munching Hall.  The room does not have to be reserved ahead of time and is outfitted with a lock to ensure privacy.

Forté Foundation

Forte FoundationRobert H. Smith School of Business has the distinction of being a Forté Foundation school. The Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to provide a range of resources that help women launch fulfilling, significant careers in business. If you are unfamiliar with the Forté Foundation, please take some time to explore their website and learn more about their initiatives that advance the education and careers of women in business. As a Smith Student – membership does have its privileges!

University of Maryland Resources

President’s Commission on Women’s Issues (PCWI)

The primary mission of the President's Commission on Women's Issues (PCWI) is to be an advocate for the interests of the entire community of women at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Women’s Studies Department

The Women's Studies department and faculty at the University of Maryland enjoy an international reputation for theoretical and methodological innovations and for their attention to curriculum transformation and transnational women's and gender studies institution building.