Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management is sponsoring programs to attract female applicants and support current students in an effort to bridge the gender gap in business schools, which was reported in a recent New York Times article .
“It does tend to be harder to find women role models (in business),” said Nicole Staple, a second-year Kellogg student and external relations chair for the Women’s Business Association. “I thinks it’s important to have the conversation and make very conscious decisions about your career choices to.”
First-year Kellogg student Dan Doverspike said he sees the male-to-female ratio at Kellogg as diverse. Still, he said he understands why women might decide against business school because they want to have children, something his wife, a registered nurse, also dealt with.
“I think part of it may be the return on investment,” Doverspike said. “Let’s say you graduate from Kellogg at 31. You have about four years to have kids. It’s just an added admitted.”
Kim is in NU’s JD-MBA program, meaning she spent her first year as a graduate student in law school. The number of males to females studying to become lawyers, Kim said, is more equal. Women made up 47.2 percent of J.D. students in the 2009-10 academic year, according to a report by the American Bar Association.
“I can kind of sense the difference between the two schools,” she said. “Of course, female students do have leadership roles (at Kellogg), but compared to law school, men tend to have