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 leaders

A female professor speaks to several female students around a table, with one raising her hand.Liz Linder Photography
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 leaders of schools at Brandeis are women, including Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Dorothy Hodgson, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Wendy Cadge, Brandeis International Business School Dean Dean Kathryn Graddy and Vice President of the Rabb School for Continuing Studies Lynne Rosansky. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Carol A. Fierke is the leader of the academic enterprise at Brandeis.

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.

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