BOSTON, January 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Although women have outnumbered men in colleges since the late 1970s and university populations have become increasingly diverse, the people who run our country’s top universities are still overwhelmingly white men. The Women’s Power Gap in Elite Universities: Climbing the Ivory Tower examines data on diversity at elite research (“R1”) universities across the country. Led by the Women’s Power Gap Initiative (WPG) to the Eos Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), he found that women represent only 22% of the 130 R1 leaders, and among these presidents, only 5% are women of color.

In 2021, the WPG published a report examining the diversity among the highest paid professionals at these universities. This new report analyzes gender, racial and ethnic data for senior leaders – president, provost, chairman of the board, university deans, presidents’ offices and boards of trustees. The data was released at an event on January 20, 2022with panelists Lynn WootenPresident of Simmons University, Juliet Garciaformer president of University of Texas at Brownsville and the first Latina to serve as college president (in 1986), and Anne MassyDean of the Isenberg Business School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

“It’s time for new approaches. Let’s stop trying to fix women and fix the system instead. The lack of female presidents is not a pipeline problem – women make up nearly 40% of all provosts What we’re seeing is systemic bias,” mentioned Andrea Silvert, Chairman of Eos. “Change must start with boards – only 38% of universities were willing to share data on board diversity. If boards are not providing transparency, what message does that send?”

Key findings include:

  • Women represent only 22% of presidents and 26% of chairmen of boards of directors.
  • Women of color are even more underrepresented with just 5% of presidents.
  • The number of black presidents has doubled since 2020, but women of color have not seen similar gains.
  • Only nine colleges and universities (8%) have achieved gender parity on their boards, while no schools have parity among full professors.
  • Public universities perform better than private universities.

“It is alarming that women are still so grossly underrepresented at the highest levels of academic leadership,” said Gloria Blackwell, CEO of the AAUW. “Universities have historically been catalysts for social and economic progress in America, and AAUW has supported pathways for women in academia for more than a century. It is extremely disappointing that most institutions still fail not to give women – especially women of color – an equal opportunity to rise in their careers We need immediate action to break down the barriers against women and people of color we need the prospects , brilliance and leadership to move us forward.

While much effort has gone into closing the so-called “confidence gap” among women, this report reveals that even though women have a comparable experience and desire to lead, they are often overlooked for leadership positions. direction.

“I suffered from gender bias and would never have risen to the position of university president without the support of two female board members who supported my leadership,” said Juliet Garciaformer president of the University of Texas at Brownsville and first Latina to serve as president of a college or university in United States. “The UT system once required reporting on race and gender among leadership positions; however, once revolutionary women were replaced on the board, the disclosure structure was eliminated.”

The Women’s Power Gap in Elite Universities: Climbing the Ivory Tower outlines solutions, including a call to change mandatory diversity reporting for boards/regents, among many other recommendations.

About the Eos Foundation Women’s Power Gap Initiative: the Women’s power gap (WPG) Initiative was created by the Eos Foundation in 2018 to dramatically increase the number of women from diverse backgrounds among CEOs and C-suite leaders nationwide. We conduct and commission actionable research on important sectors of the economy and measure the extent of power and wage differentials at the firm or institutional level to highlight those who are advancing rapidly and those who are taking late. Power Gap among the top earners in America’s elite universities and the Women’s Power Gap in Massachusetts companies.

About the American Association of University Women (AAUW): the AAUW, founded in 1881, is a national nonprofit network of 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 local branches, and 800 college and university partners that advances gender equity for women and girls through advocacy, l education and research. It works to break down barriers that impede women’s economic security, leadership, education and training. and is one of the world’s leading supporters of the education of female graduates: AAUW has awarded more than $130 million in scholarships, grants and awards to 13,000 recipients from 145 countries.

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