EHLfamily: 1948, the Arrival of Women at EHL

EHL Alumni | 17 Mar, 2016

Looking at class lists, one can observe only very few girl names before the end of the 40s. Things changed in 1948, with a new program: the Assistant Manager course. This five- month course aimed to prepare women to actively collaborate in the management of a hotel. The main target: spouses of hotel managers.

One can read in the 1950 General Assembly report of theAlumni Association that the course worked well, that they were satisfied with the graduates and that they were able to place them without any difficulty.

Older generations of alumni often described EHL as a real “dating agency”. Competition was strong amongst our gentlemen, given the small percentage of female students!
Today, gender parity is achieved among EHL students. In fact, the number of female students is even slightly exceeding the number of male students. Many long-term relationships still start at EHL, and it is not rare to meet youngsters whose two parents are EHL alumni.

EHL’s administration has also given space to women managers. Early 2016, EHL appointed the first woman to its executive committee, representing the IT function. Departments such as Admissions, Communication, Marketing, Student Affairs, Planning and Administration, Human Resources, Academic Support and the F&B Chair have female staff in Director-level positions.

Moreover, since 2012, the Alumni Network is run, for the first time, by a woman: Valerie Corte, EHL 1998 graduate.

EHLfamily: 1948, the Arrival of Women at EHL

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