Where Are the Women Applicants to MBA Programmes?

Woman with qualifications According to Forbes Women Business schools aren’t doing enough to attract women to their programmes. They are missing the opportunity to offer women gender specific leadership training to prepare them for a move into the corporate world. This is the perfect time to start learning how to deal with questions about projecting a credible presence and being taken seriously. As women in business know it is a fine line between being liked and being firm enough to be respected and these are all issues that could be included in a the program, rather than leaving the women to deal with these issues on their own. Still, the numbers of women pursuing business education remains low. While law and medical schools have nearly reached gender parity, M.B.A. programmes admit only about 30% women annually. Instead women feel less welcome than men in a business school environment and often report difficulties in having their point heard. They also lack mentors and role models from the faculty as women are still in a minority and the culture of business schools is still largely male, and often aggressive. Surely the female admissions would increase if these programmes offered training in skills such as managing contentious conversations and leadership.

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