Our Mission

Launched in 2018, the Women’s Power Gap Initiative aims to dramatically increase the number of women leaders, from a diverse set of backgrounds, across all sectors in Massachusetts. The Initiative conducts research on prominent sectors of the Massachusetts economy, measures the extent of the power gap, and proposes solutions to reach parity. Higher Education is the first industry examined. Access the report here: Women’s Power Gap in Higher Education: Study and Rankings.

The GenderAvenger Massachusetts Campaign (GAMA) complements our research efforts by providing an immediate way to move toward #GenderParityNow. GAMA allows the public to leverage a set of social media tools that help achieve gender parity at conferences, events, and in meetings. The online toolkit includes: (1) the GA Tally, (2) “Time Who’s Talking, and (3) the GenderAvenger Pledge, which asks prominent men to refuse to speak on public panels where women are not represented. Visit www.GenderAvenger.MA to learn more.

Origin Story

The idea for the Women’s Power Gap Initiative started when the Eos foundation looked at the number of women presidents at Massachusetts state universities compared to 10 years ago.

The result: a surprising backslide.

In 2008, 4 of 9 (44%) state universities counted women presidents. Today, there are none (0%). Why? And, is this a blip at our state universities or part of a larger trend? What is the status of women leadership across positions of power and influence among institutions of higher education in Massachusetts?

To answer these questions, we partnered with UMass Boston’s Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy to collect data and advance our research and analysis of the women’s power gap in Massachusetts’ higher education sector. The end result is the “Women’s Power Gap in Higher Education: Study and Rankings” released September 2018.