‘The glass ceiling is a concrete ceiling’: Women, especially women of color, remain scarce in higher-ed leadership — here’s why

By Meera Jagannathan
January 24, 2022

‘These institutions have outsized power and should use it to create new models of doing business that challenge the status quo,’ a new report says

Women, and especially women of color, remain scarce at the highest levels of leadership for elite U.S. research universities, a new study says — and it’s not because of a “pipeline issue.”

One example: In the year and a half since America’s racial-justice protests, the number of Black men serving as university presidents at elite research universities has more than doubled from four to nine, according to the report from the Women’s Power Gap Initiative, an initiative of the Eos Foundation, a private philanthropic organization. 

But just one Black woman was hired for such a position during that period — highlighting “the need for intersectional analysis, goals, and benchmarks,” the authors wrote.

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