Viewpoint: Gender parity matters among Mass. public higher ed leaders

Boston Business Journal
By Andrea Silbert
October 23, 2018

Diversity is good for consumers and businesses — it leads to better decision making in all organizations. Studies have found that corporations with diverse boards and management teams are more profitable and better governed. Organizations need multiple perspectives to anticipate both challenges and opportunities on the horizon in a fast-changing world.

The education industry a major employer in Massachusetts, and one in which we would expect to see parity among men and women in leadership. Women are 75 percent of teachers in our K-12 system, comprise 57 percent of all undergraduate and graduate students in our colleges and universities, and are earning the majority of doctoral degrees.

In September, the Eos Foundation, in collaboration with the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston, released our Women’s Power Gap in Higher Education Study and Rankings. The study ranked 93 colleges and universities in Massachusetts by how well women are represented among their presidents, boards, board chairs, provosts and deans.

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