Diana Bilimoria teaches an M.B.A. course dubbed "Women in Organizations" to a group of about 50 students each year at Weatherhead. The course is designed to help female students adapt to, and flourish in, the corporate environment. "The pay gap education issue is a critical one," Bilimoria says. "[This class] improves women's abilities to best position themselves in job markets."
And while these efforts by schools are a step in the right direction, the fact remains that only about 14.4 percent of executives and 7.6 percent of top corporate earners at Fortune 500 companies are women, according to a separate Catalyst survey, indicating the biggest barrier to change remains at the highest levels of the world's corporate culture. "That sends a message to our female M.B.A.s that maybe these environments aren't as friendly as they could be," says McTiernan of Quinnipiac. "Some of that might be changing a little bit, although it is a very slow process."
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