Changing Social Values
The College of Business, like
many business programs
throughout the nation, Is experiencing record numbers of female students graduating in undergraduate and graduate
According to recent statistics,
51 percent of the 1987 graduating class that received bachelor's
degrees in business administration were women, compared to 42
percent in 1982. Furthermore, 70
percent of the 1987 BBA honor
graduates were women.
Of those receiving degrees in
accounting, 57 percent were
women compared to 43 percent in
Additionally, 45 percent of the
total graduates receiving Ph.D.'s
were women contrasted to 9 percent in 1982.
"The opportunities for women
in business are a great deal better
than 10 years ago," said Debi Loff
Gomez, a 1986 honors graduate
of the College of Business.
Some faculty, administrators
and graduates say the increase of
women in business related majors and careers is partly due to
changing social values and greater job opportunities.
Unlike some faculty, Sandra
Frieden, Chair of the Committee
on the Status of Women, says she
is not surprised by the increases
of women in the business school.
Frieden said the College of
Business should be credited in
encouraging the recruitment, retention and graduation of women
in business fields.
Some colleges discourage women. The increase in numbers of
women is a reflection of mind-set
and values of the college's administration," she said.
Frieden also said growing feminist ideas have promoted career
opportunities for women in business. However, social fears of traditionally male-dominated fields
(such as business), becoming female-oriented are evident.
"There is always danger of the
'feminization" of professions. The
education field is a prime example. With this process comes less
respect and less pay. But this is a
social hangup that our society
will gradually shake off," she
Cynthia Simmons, a teaching
fellow in accounting, said more
women are succeeding in business fields by assuming traditional masculine roles in the work
"Women no longer want to be
nurses or teachers with little or
no status," Simmons said.
"In order to be pioneers the
women have had to play a masculine game."
Simmons said there is often
more motivation for older women
to succeed in school, yet they are
confronted with a burdensome dilemma once they enter the work
"It's hard for women. They
usually have children, may be experiencing a divorce and need
more money so they can return to
school," she said.
— Joy Sewing
Walker, Leslie Ann
Watktns, Jonelyn B.
Wilson, Kevin E.
Williams, John W.
Yates, Troy Lane