Women Leaders: Moving the Needle

In this entry, ‘moving the needle’ refers to the debate around how best to improve the representation of women in higher education leadership. It is now accepted that more women in leadership is a good thing, and the case for this is fourfold—(1) business, (2) social justice, (3) equity and parity, and (4) quality and talent gap. Given that around the world women are still severely underrepresented in higher education leadership the debate now focuses on how this might best be improved seeing as organic change is just too slow (some say 100 years at least before gender equality in leadership is achieved). So, moving the needle to increase the number of women leaders in higher education considers the intertwined issues of critical mass and ...

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