Study: Higher ed could be first Mass. sector to hit gender parity

Boston Business Journal
Hilary Burns
November 4, 2019

Higher ed institutions in Massachusetts have made progress in the past year towards closing the gender gap in the sector’s leadership, with women making up half of the 14 new presidents of local colleges appointed during the 2019 academic year.

That is the main takeaway of a new study published Monday, according to Andrea Silbert, one of the report’s authors.

But the higher ed sector still has work to do to achieve gender equality in its top ranks. Fifteen institutions in the Bay State have never had a woman at the helm.

The new study, “The Women’s Power Gap in Higher Education 2019,” which was spearheaded by the nonprofit Eos Foundation, was first started last year to bring awareness to the gender gap within higher-education leadership across Massachusetts.

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