Women's Leadership

Women with successful careers in science, industry and technology provide important examples to those considering careers in STEM-related fields. Women scientists, engineers and corporate leaders are becoming increasingly involved in pipeline-building programs and networks. Professional associations such as the Association for Women in Science, and the Society of Women Engineers are key examples of programs that are building women’s leadership. Leaders of academic institutions, corporations and non-profits in STEM need to model inclusive hiring and promotional practices and develop an organizational culture that fosters positive attitudes towards women’s advancement. Such leadership encourages a culture of diversity and inclusiveness for replication by middle and senior management.

The Rise of Women in the Creative Class

Women have become an increasingly important force in the U.S. labor market and especially in its knowledge based creative economy. Some argue that the economic crisis has tilted the playing field away from men, who have borne the brunt of blue collar job losses, and towards women, who are more concentrated in knowledge and service work. Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS) of the U.S. Census Bureau, this report provides a numbers-driven look at the status of women in today’s job market, nationally and state-by-state (plus the District of Columbia). We develop a measure of the “location premium” states which provide for women overall and for women in the Creative Class.

A Report on the Status of Women Faculty in the Schools of Science and Engineering at MIT, 2011

At MIT, we like data, especially data that advance our understanding of an important problem. In the 1990s, a group of MIT’s women faculty perceived patterns of inequitable resource allocation between them and their male colleagues.  They collected data that demonstrated and quantified the problem, and they alerted the Institute’s leadership, in a search for practical remedies.  Compelled by the evidence, MIT responded.  Today, a new Report on the Status of Women Faculty in the Schools of Science and Engineering at MIT delivers the encouraging news that the process launched by these faculty women has made a lasting, positive difference for women faculty at MIT.

Upcoming Events: The White House Project

10/12/2011 - 10/24/2011

Vision + Action: Equality in Motion, Vision 2020's Second Annual Congress
October 12
Chase Tower, 10 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Join leaders from all 50 states to discuss women’s leadership! The purpose of Vision 2020, a national initiative developed by the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, is to help the US reach gender equality in political leadership by 2020. Rocky Mountain Regional Director Katie Groke Ellis and Illinois Program Coordinator Katie Verb will be there to represent The White House Project.

Reserve your seat online.  To learn more, visit http://drexel.edu/vision2020.


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