Icelandic PSE makes leaps towards gender equality

December 12, 2007

Iceland's higher ed system was recently profiled in the Guardian for its success at equalizing education for women.  Reykjavik University has spent the last 12 months reviewing staff salaries and eliminating all unexplained differences between men's and women's pay.  The university has had success with a mixed gender board offering "differing dialogue and perspectives": "Innovation in teaching is different.  Our approach to student services is different."  A US study of Fortune 500 companies found that "women in leadership positions provide higher long-term financial return."