The goal of the Women’s Power Gap Initiative (WPG) is to dramatically increase the number of women from diverse backgrounds among CEO and C-suite leaders nationally. Past studies of the higher education industry focused on the representation of women and people of color among college and university presidents, as well as leaders one step down on the path to the presidency – provosts and academic deans, primarily.
The Power Gap in Massachusetts K-12 Education report lays out the stark, white and male dominant landscape of K-12 education leadership in Massachusetts. It begins with a statewide scan of gender data within leadership, discussing the barriers that women face in obtaining the superintendent role. Research reveals a glass ceiling for women in K-12 education, where women are highly represented as educators but not at the highest level of leadership. Racial gaps exist within every position in K-12 education, with a significant power gap between white people and people of color in the superintendency.