Recent headlines regarding Yahoo CEO Melissa Mayer and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg have shined the spotlight anew on women in the workplace.

For decades, the debate over whether women should sacrifice career or family has been a prominent topic in businesses and homes. For Dr. Beth Leslie, assistant professor of management, the topic was the subject of her doctoral dissertation last year.

As Leslie was deciding her dissertation topic, she noticed that Assemblies of God colleges and universities had fewer women majoring in accounting than men. She discovered that there were actually more female high school students graduating in AP math with higher test scores, but it wasn’t translating into women in a math-heavy major with strong career potential.

Her research led to a possible solution: More female accounting faculty members.

“They need to have someone they can look up to,” Leslie said. (more…)

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