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The Biz School Gender Gap

Pedestrians walk through a gate on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (AP)

Pedestrians walk through a gate on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (AP)

Despite big gains in gender equality across many fields, when it comes to women in business schools, the stubborn question remains: why are there so few? Women make up just 31 percent of the population in the nation’s top business schools.

That’s true at the prestigious Harvard Business School — where a little more than a third of the students are women — and historically, few of them make it into the top tier of their classes. There are also few women professors, who account for less than a quarter of the B-School’s faculty.


Jodi Kantor, reporter for the New York Times. You can find her article on Harvard Business School here.

Hanna Rosin, a senior editor at The Atlantic and a founder and editor at DoubleX, Slate’s women’s section. Her take on HBS is here.

Jyll Saskin, a 2013 graduate of Harvard Business School. Her take on the Times article on HBS is here.

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  • Wahoo_wa

    Perhaps it’s because fewer woman are actually drawn to that particular career/academic path. The gap may be a matter of choice and not an inherit bias or discrimination in regard to admissions. I hope this discussion looks at the issue comprehensively and does not become a veiled crusade against a perceived (but perhaps not actual) condition.

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