Business Schools Are Encouraging More Women to Earn a Higher Education

Young People Working at ComputersFor many years, women have been underrepresented in the top tiers of the business world. Companies have used various tactics, such as offering childcare and flexible working hours, to encourage women to take on these jobs. However, colleges have taken a different approach. They have been working from the bottom-up by getting more women to enroll in M.B.A. programs and teaching their students about diversity and family-friendly working environments in these programs.

Sadly, these efforts have not had quite the effect that those who work in academia have hoped. This is evidenced by the fact that fewer women are enrolling in business-school than men. Additionally, fewer women are picking an education in business than in other professional schools, such as law or medical schools.

One school that seems to be doing it right is Insead, a business school that is located outside Paris, France. The business school has recently seen a drastic increase in the percent of females who attend it. In 2005, only 17 percent of the students were female; this year, the female population has increased to 33 percent.

“When women are only 17 percent of the group, they are far less likely to speak up,” said Herminia Ibarra, an organizational behavior professor at the school. “When they are over 30 percent you can be sure they are raising the issues important to them.”

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Women and Minorities Earn Less with Higher Education

Women and minorities earn less than their male or Caucasian counterparts. A recent study from the College Payoff report from Georgetown University found that women and minorities, excluding Asians, with master’s degrees, doctoral degrees or professional degrees benefit less from having a higher education.

“Latinos and African-Americans with master’s degrees earn nearly the same in their lifetimes—roughly $2.5 million—as white workers who have bachelor’s degrees,” the study revealed.

Women must attain a Ph.D to make more than men with bachelor’s degrees. They earn roughly $2.86 million in their lifetime, while men with bachelor’s degrees earn $2.6 million in their lifetime.

Additionally, men with little college experience and no degree earn about the same as a woman with a bachelor’s degree, the study found.

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Forbes Releases World’s Most Powerful Women List

michelle obamaWomen have come a long way since 1920 when they were first given the right to vote in American elections. Now, 90 years later, women across the country are heavily influencing the world’s politics, economy and social development.

In an effort to keep you motivated to study hard and pursue your dreams, here is a list of Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women.

Some of them might surprise you and also take note how many Americans are on the list!

1.    Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
2.    Irene Rosenfeld, Chief Executive of Kraft Foods
3.    Oprah Winfrey, Talk show host and media mogul
4.    Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
5.    Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States
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Female Student Asks Boyfriend to Marry Her

gender symbolIt’s hard to believe that less than 100 years ago, women could not vote, own land, or enjoy many of the equal rights that we now enjoy. I know that things are not perfectly equal between the two genders, but I like to think that women are closing the gender gap more and more every day.

According to a recent study, the number of women who enrolled in higher education programs grew by 136 percent between 1970 and 2000. That’s a huge increase! The increase was even more substantial in professional school programs, where the number of female students increased by 853 percent.

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College Women Drink More Than Women Without Degrees

Young Women DrinkingRecently, the London School of Economics conducted a study involving 39-year-old women born in the United Kingdom during the same week of the year 1970. The Daily Telegraph picked up this study and released it to national and international news outlets.

The study found that women who graduated from higher education were nearly twice as likely to have a drink on a daily occurrence then those women who had not been as formally educated. The researchers also found that women from higher education were more likely to admit that they had a drinking problem.

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Women Bridging the Gender Gap in Science and Math

Women are becoming increasingly more common in the once predominantly male world of science and engineering. Although the female gender is underrepresented in math, science, and engineering faculty positions at major research universities, those who do apply are “interviewed and hired at rates equal to or higher than those for men,” according to a recent report from the National Research Council. Also noted in the study was that women who are considered “receive tenure at the same or higher rates than men.”Scientist

In a similar report this week, researchers at the University of Wisconsin reviewed a variety of studies and concluded that the “achievement gap between boys and girls in mathematics performance has narrowed to the vanishing point. U.S. girls have now reached parity with boys, even in high school and even for measures requiring complex problem solving,” the Wisconsin researchers said. Read the rest of this entry »

One Piece of Advice for College Girls

A good friend of mine is a contributor for nonsociety.com and recently featured a “guest post” written by Chiara Atik, a graduate of NYU‘s department of dramatic writing. I just so happened to stumble upon it and thought it would be nice to share. Sorry, boys, this one’s for the ladies…pajamas

Here are a few of my favorite excerpts:

“It goes without saying that you should try to meet as many people as you can, because it’ll never again be as easy as stumbling up to someone at a party and saying “Is this the line for the bathroom?” Read the rest of this entry »


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