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Brandeis ranked #5 in US for women in leadership

Report exploring ‘Women’s Power Gap’ at top research universities lauds Brandeis for high percentage of women academic deans

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Brandeis is one of 13 universities to receive high marks in a new gender index and ranking of the nation’s top research universities.

A new report examining gender diversity among the leaders of the nation’s top research universities places Brandeis University in exclusive company.

The report, titled “The Women’s Power Gap at Elite Universities: Scaling the Ivory Tower,” was released in January by the Women’s Power Gap (WPG) Initiative and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Brandeis is ranked #5 out of 130 “R1” research universities and received particular recognition for its high percentage of women academic deans. Four of the five academic deans at Brandeis are women, including Dean Kathryn Graddy, who has led Brandeis International Business School since 2018.

Brandeis is one of only 13 universities nationwide — and the only university in Massachusetts — to be identified as a “Leader” in the report’s Comprehensive Gender Index and Ranking.

The report also ranked Brandeis #2 overall for its percentage of women academic deans and #6 for its percentage of tenured full professors who are women.

The WPG Initiative seeks to dramatically increase the number of women from diverse backgrounds among CEO and c-suite leaders in the U.S. The initiative launched in 2018 and is backed by the Eos Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation.

The AAUW is a nonprofit organization working to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.