Panelists discuss gender equity in PSE leadership

June 21, 2013

Women are poorly represented within the ranks of PSE institution leaders, and we need a change in attitude about equality in leadership, according to a panel of PSE stakeholders at the Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education in Toronto last week. A panelist pointed out that between 1997 and 2013 in the US, women made up only 16 to 22% of university presidents, 13-14% of CEOs and 25-43% of provosts and deans. Another panelist said that women are underrepresented in commentary and opinion in the media as well (in Canada, only 20% of faculty commentaries in newspapers and 24% of appearances on radio or TV were by women). According to the panel, “a change in attitude toward women in leadership roles can be achieved if there is a better relationship between the media and universities, so that diverse and positive stories about women are shared with the public.” Maclean’s