<P>21 cox.smu.edugo to COVER STORY continued on next page hen Carly Fiorina took the reins at Hewlett Packard in 1999, she was widely heralded as the first CEO of a Fortune 10 company to shatter the proverbial glass ceiling. These days, women are continuing to emerge as business leaders — perhaps more slowly than many anticipated or desired — but they are emerging nonetheless. Though we still see under- representation of women, leaders such as Silicon Valleys Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer and Meg Whitman have held court for years and are lighting the path for increasing gender equality, if not neutrality, in the business world. If education is the pathway to career success, then where better to encourage and nurture this evolution than at business school? Clearly, women are making up for lost time. The percentage of women who have attained education beyond high school has tripled from 22 percent in 1970 to almost 77 percent in 2010. In fact, since the early 1990s, women have been earning more bachelors degrees than their male counterparts. And, for the first time, in 2010 women took home more advanced degrees as well. Women in Finance When Billie Ida Williamson (BBA 74) was at SMU Cox, female accounting students composed about 10 percent of her class. Today, they make up 60 percent. In 1984, when she was named one of 100 partners at EY (Ernst & Young LLP), she was one of four women who made partner that year. Today, approximately 20 percent of the ?rms top tier is female. Young women today are exposed to more aspects of business than I was, starting out. Theyve seen some positive role models, so they know its possible, says Williamson, who left EY two years ago under its mandatory retirement policy. Today, Williamson sits on various corporate boards and heads the SMU Cox Womens Inner Circle Advisory Committee of local business leaders. You really have to believe in yourself and know that you can do it. Women students today take her guidance to heart. Just as Williamson was one of the few women at EY, Madelyn Nolan (BBA 14) is joining a traditionally male-dominated industry. Last summer, Nolan was chosen from thousands of applicants to be one of four interns in J.P. Morgans Houston of?ce. Fortunately, she was prepared from the beginning. I was raised to think that I can do whatever I want to do, Nolan says. I was always included and treated as an equal. My co-workers at J.P. Morgan saw me solely for my skills. It turned out to be an incredible experience, and I realized that these opportunities do exist for women of my generation. Most female business students, though, enter fields that have more comparable numbers of women and men. Though finance courses are predominantly male, this year 30 percent of the Cox Schools graduating MBA class are women, and 45 percent of BBA candidates are female. Ive seen the numbers go up dramatically in the last 40 years, says Dean Albert W. Niemi, Jr., who also teaches WYoung women today are exposed to more aspects of business than I was, starting out. Theyve seen some positive role models, so they know its possible. 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