Women face a ‘concrete ceiling’ for top jobs at elite universities, study shows
Thirty-six years after García became president of Texas Southmost College, a role she held until 1991, when she left to lead the University of Texas at Brownsville, women leaders remain underrepresented in higher education. Overall, they make up just 22 percent of the presidents at elite research universities, and the numbers are even lower for women of color, who make up less than 5 percent of leaders at these institutions, according to a new study by the Women’s Power Gap Initiative at the Eos Foundation in partnership with the American Association of University Women.
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At the nation’s 130 elite research universities, the study found, a gender gap exists at all levels — from presidents to tenured faculty positions. The disparity in leadership roles is even more pronounced because women have outnumbered men as students on college campuses since the 1970s and now earn the majority of doctorates.
Women face a concrete ceiling for top jobs at elite universities, study shows.