The Women’s Power Gap initiative aims to dramatically increase the number of women in leadership roles, particularly in higher education.
Members of The Women’s Power Gap initiative conducted a study on the number of women in leadership roles at colleges across Massachusetts.
They found that 57 percent of all students are women, but only 31 percent of presidents at the state’s colleges are female. Of the state’s top 17 universities, zero women currently hold board chair positions.
“I think women are applying for these roles, what we as a society need to do is figure out what we are putting in their way, they’re in the applicant pools,” said Andrea Silbert, President of Eos Foundation.
On Wednesday, the Eos Foundation presented all of the data found in the study and focused on colleges in western Massachusetts to show current disparities in leadership roles.
At the University of Massachusetts Amherst women make up 49 percent of the student body, but only 10 percent of the universities of the highest salary earners are female.
Massachusetts Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago said the commission will look into the obstacles women face in obtaining leadership roles, and one of his areas of focus will be UMass Amherst.
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