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Yesterday, I proudly trumpeted how UCLA, my old MBA school, has contributed to the fight against the scourge of sexism in Corporate America’s C-Suites: my 1981 schoolmate Martine Rothblatt is the highest paid female-identifying CEO in America! Of course, Martine was Martin back in 1981, but what are you some kind of hater? Martin/Martine’s colossal payday is a victory for women everywhere!
Today, I must sadly report, however, that the Wall Street Journal has found UCLA’s B-School (I can never remember what it’s called these days) guilty of sexism.
Gender Bias Alleged at UCLA’s Anderson Business School
By MELISSA KORN
June 4, 2014 7:34 p.m. ET
One of the nation’s top-ranked business schools is “inhospitable to women faculty,” according to an internal academic review.
Faculty of the Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles, received a confidential copy of the review, conducted by a group of university professors and outside business-school deans, in April. The next day, the institution’s first female dean, Judy Olian, met with the heads of several other elite business schools at the White House, where the group discussed business schools’ roles in making workplaces friendlier to women and working families.
Thank God the White House is getting involved in this crisis.
Ms. Olian sent out the following letter:
From: UCLA Anderson – Office of the Dean
Today the Wall Street Journal published an article discussing the faculty gender climate at UCLA Anderson. The article can be accessed by clicking here. The reporter highlighted a recent Academic Senate review of Anderson, which raised faculty gender climate as a primary concern. This is a very personal issue for me as dean, and as a woman.
In January, after receiving informal feedback from the Senate’s internal and external reviewers, I appointed a faculty gender climate task force. I asked the task force, chaired by Professors Margaret Shih and Ed Leamer, to delve deeply into the issue, to gather comprehensive data, and to make recommendations so that personally and collectively, we understand the drivers of gender climate, and do everything possible to improve it. …