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Many women in business school may be wasting their time and money

By CNBC

Female business school students have low rates of participation in business competitions, but when they do compete, teams headed by women founders and CEOs rank highly, according to a new study froRead full story

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  • Big takeaway : “when they do compete, female students succeed”. Given that the article is primarily referencing students, maybe I’m missing something but why not just make it part of the required curriculum that they participate in some kind of competition that will help set them up for success. Students are there to learn- we can’t expect them to initiate everything- sometimes they need a nudge from those in charge. Separately-the headline is off base. Business school is NOT a waste of time and

    Big takeaway : “when they do compete, female students succeed”. Given that the article is primarily referencing students, maybe I’m missing something but why not just make it part of the required curriculum that they participate in some kind of competition that will help set them up for success. Students are there to learn- we can’t expect them to initiate everything- sometimes they need a nudge from those in charge. Separately-the headline is off base. Business school is NOT a waste of time and money for women. SOME women aren’t leveraging it as much as they could.

  • Ignore the click-bait title, and see this takeaway point: “When women do compete as founders or CEOs, their teams rank highly in business competitions.”

  • Ephrat Livni
    Ephrat LivniSenior Reporter at Quartz

    Is this just another way to justify not recognizing skilled women and pooh poohing great students who happen to be female? How does it reflect on professors that they can’t recognize exceptional female students and don’t encourage them to participate and excel elsewhere, beyond the classroom? What does it say about MBA programs that classes don’t much matter? These studies raise as many questions as they answer and inevitably seem to flatter men. I’m not discounting it but I’m not sure I buy all this either.

  • What about more female-Founder’s venture competitions? Could level the playing field.

  • David Yakobovitch
    David YakobovitchAI Professor at Galvanize

    The question should be: how could business students better be spending their time? Startups? Working at Fortune 500 companies?

  • I see CNBC changed the original headline. Good. It is insulting to the millions of women who face sexism and bias everywhere from the classroom and study halls to business meetings.

    There are legions of studies that have examined the reason why women are overlooked and underappreciated and ignored in schools, colleges and the workplace. Even young girls in math class.

    Yes, girls are less likely to move up the ranks in ninth-grade math class, which both causes them to be disappointed and discouraged

    I see CNBC changed the original headline. Good. It is insulting to the millions of women who face sexism and bias everywhere from the classroom and study halls to business meetings.

    There are legions of studies that have examined the reason why women are overlooked and underappreciated and ignored in schools, colleges and the workplace. Even young girls in math class.

    Yes, girls are less likely to move up the ranks in ninth-grade math class, which both causes them to be disappointed and discouraged from participating in future competitions, research published last September found.

    One 2012 study in the journal Gender & Society found “consistent bias against white females” among teachers who believed math was just easier for boys than girls. They favored white boys over girls and all students of color.

    In STEM jobs, “discrimination and sexual harassment are seen as more frequent, and gender is perceived as more of an impediment than an advantage to career success,” according to the Pew Research Center.

    In other words, the old guard may very well say that women are wasting their time, but they are the same people who say the gender pay gap is a myth because women “choose” lower-paid jobs as teachers and nurses.

  • William Wood
    William WoodOwner at William Wood

    Seems easily corrected, it will, however, take time, like a generation. Personally, I think just about any woman can over come the obstacle, if they want to...

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