It is not a mystery most business classes have a male-to-female ratio of about 10 to one. To combat this dilemma, six women studying business have created a blog to get more women interested in the business major. The blog is part of an on-campus internship and is called “Jane Meets Tanner,” a play on words, since the business program is located in the Tanner Building.
Sarah Mabey, a senior from Las Vegas, majoring in business management marketing, is one of the creators of the blog.
“Girls usually see their dads as businessmen and don’t necessarily see themselves in that position,” she said. “The main goal [of the blog] is to help educate and inform freshman girls and seniors in high school, to help girls understand what you can do with a business major.”
As part of the blog, each of the six creators has her own topic to write about. Mabey is in charge of the “Jane Gets a Career” section.
“My role is to interview students — girls who have completed an internship,” she said. “Mine’s all about internships and jobs.”
Mabey also creates videos featuring interviews of women who have completed an internship.
Alyssa Smith, of Elko, Nev., majoring in accounting, said she hopes the blog will help get more women interested in majoring in business.
“A lot of us feel there aren’t enough women in the business program,” she said. “I think a lot of people have misconceptions about business. Everyone uses business.”
Smith, who writes a column about women currently working in the business world, also spoke about the format of the blog.
“We have different columns for the day of the week,” she said. The blog includes information on how to get a job after graduation, business fashion and business studies abroad.
Taylor Veater, a junior from Coursegold, Calif. majoring in human resources, said she feels the blog is important for women, especially those interested in majoring in business.
“A lot of girls feel a little bit intimidated by the business program,” she said. “We just want to inspire girls and help them know what they can do with their lives.” She said she hopes “Jane Meets Tanner” can help the Marriott School seem less intimidating.
The blog currently has a post each day and will decrease the posts over spring and summer terms. During fall semester, another group of six women will begin writing for the blog as part of their internship. Anyone interested in finding more information can visit janemeetstanner.blogspot.com or attend a meeting for the Women in Business Club on March 15 in W410 of the Tanner Building, where all of the writers of the blog will be available to answer questions.