With the economic downturn, many M.B.A programmes are struggling to attract students and are keen to attract more women, as they are in a real minority in most programmes. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal "Experts say fewer women attend executive M.B.A. programs for many of the same reasons they shun full-time programs. Some women are deterred because the programs' formats interfere with raising a family, something experts say men don't worry about as much. (Most E.M.B.A. programs require a nearly two-year commitment of two long weekends on campus each month.) Other women have a tough time securing company sponsorship for the costly degree. And women who see a glass ceiling in their company often believe the degree won't help their career. What's more, until recently, most efforts by schools to entice women to earn advanced business degrees have been aimed at flagship full-time programs." Have you ever considered an M.B.A. programme but were put off? What hindered you?