According to a Forbes article, Why Business Schools Are Failing Women, top b-schools have failed to attract enough female students, despite specific initiatives to recruit women.

In general, according to the Forbes article, there is still not enough effort being poured into outreach actions. There are, however, some organizations that do bolster the image and morale of female business executives and other women who are navigating the business school and career path. These groups, that include the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) and the Forte Foundation, also provide scholarships for women and run events and information sessions to further encourage the growth of the female population in MBA programs.

Men considering an MBA program don't ask themselves the same questions as women do, such as, Can I be liked and respected? and How do I project a firm, credible presence so that I'm taken seriously? and How feminine can I be in this largely male environment? among many others.

A possible solution? Gender-specific leadership training, an initiative that would provide women with a forum in which they could discuss their concerns, and the opportunity for a female executive speaker series, in addition to other endeavors that would support the advancement of women in business. Business school curriculums need to address the need for gender-specific leadership training by implementing programs that work to equip women with the gender-specific tools necessary to pierce corporate America.

Another problem is clear: There is a definite lack of female mentors and role models for women pursuing (or considering pursuing) MBAs. Only 17% of Columbia Business School is female; Stanford GSB is only slightly better at 19%. How are women supposed to feel like they fit into the corporate world if they have so few of examples of women who have actually accomplished such a feat?

According to the Forbes article the number of women in law school and med school is almost on par with men. The b-school gender gap remains much wider. It seems that the post-MBA job search favors male MBAs, reminding women why they were hesitant to apply to b-school in the first place.

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