Daniels Women: Pioneers Before Their Time

March 03, 2014

DENVER—For more than 60 years and counting, the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business has led the way in advancing women in the business, accounting and finance field. As one of the first business schools to admit women into their MBA and business program, Daniels has been charting a course for women in the West—and the country—since its inception. Honoring that early tradition of women Pioneers, women today comprise 41 percent of full-time MBA students at Daniels.

“It may be hard to imagine a time when women were not represented nationally in the boardroom, or even the classroom,” said Interim Daniels Dean, Charles Patti. “But, during the first half of the 1900’s, the sight of a woman in business school was rare at many colleges. Luckily for Daniels, women in the classroom have always been part of our DNA. And, during International Women’s Day, we look forward to the next chapter of Daniels pioneer women who will break the glass ceiling one business degree and MBA at a time.”

By 1947 two revolutionary Daniels Pioneer women were the first women to earn their MBA’s at Daniels. Nellie Edith Camblin and Ida S. Eggland earned their MBA at Daniels a full 15 years before other business schools including Harvard University even admitted women into their programs.  These early women were the embodiment of the true pioneer spirit.

To commemorate International Women’s Day, below are other facts about Daniels:

  • 1908–Daniels founded with women in the first graduating class
  • 1911—Emma Manns graduates from Daniels, becomes Colorado’s first woman CPA
  • 1929—Women make up 30 percent of all business school registrants
  • 1933—30percent of all business school students were women
  • 1944—Women students formed 59 percent of business school student population
  • 1947—First graduating class of the Daniels MBA program includes two women

Founded in 1908, The Daniels College of Business is the top-ranked business college at the University of Denver, one of the country’s premier private universities. Daniels is globally recognized as a leader in providing an immersive and engaged business education. Grounded in ethics, our educational experience not only teaches students, it transforms lives. As a learning community, our students, faculty and staff nurture service, outreach and personal integrity as we proactively tackle the tough business issues of our day.

In May, 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek named Daniels as the one of the top ten undergraduate business programs in the country. In January 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Master of Science and Executive Master of Science degrees offered by the College’s Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management No. 65 out of 213 online business programs. In October 2012, the Financial Times, a major London-based business newspaper, ranked the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business Executive MBA (EMBA) Program as one of the world’s top 100 best, marking the fifth consecutive year that Daniels was included in theFinancial Times EMBA rankings. In November, 2011, Global CEO Magazine ranked Daniels as the top business school in the Western U.S.