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First Advisor

Cecilia Brooks

Second Advisor

Randy Hunt


By researching different sources regarding the accounting profession, the research will give readers an in depth understanding of the shortage of women as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Some examples of jobs in the accounting profession are accounting professors, Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), Certified Managerial Accountants (CMA's) and business accountants. It takes plenty of time and determination to become a CPA and a CMA. Many women are apprehensive of the challenges involved in becoming an accountant. Women who have persevered can obtain a career in the accounting profession. This thesis is based on materials that show women as CPAs. It also explains why women should study accounting. Additionally, rigorous academic challenge, lack of finance, and courage are the reasons especially responsible for women's shortage in the profession. The literature review will include information from articles, journals and accounting books. The statistical background of women who are CPAs is from sources found on the Internet. There are also major contributions made by accounting professors and CPAs employed in accounting firms. This thesis is written to provide a descriptive representation of women CPAs. Extensive research will be done with questionnaires that represent thoughts of practicing CPAs.