Sign the Petition

Did You Know...

  • There are no women among the four leadership positions in the education department (Secretary of Education, Commissioners of Early Care and Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Higher Education)?
  • In the 60-plus-year history of the Department of K-12 Education (ESE), there has never been a woman commissioner, even though women comprise the 75% of the State’s teachers?
  • Women held 5 of the 15 Presidency positions at our state universities in 2008, and today they hold 2 of 15?
  • Women only hold only 2 of the 12 seats on the Board of Higher Education, yet they comprise 57% of college and university students in Massachusetts?

If you are as concerned as we are, take action!  Sign the petition and join the nearly 2,000 other women and men who are calling on the Baker Administration to make gender parity a priority in the leadership of our state education system. Then, forward the petition to your network asking family and friends to sign too. Let’s work together for #GenderParityNow!

Full Petition Language

We, the undersigned, request that Governor Baker publicly commit to a transparent and open process to increase gender balance within the Education leadership of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;

Whereas, research shows that including women and people of color in leadership improves decision-making, governance, revenues and productivity;

Whereas, diversity of thought and experience is critical to the future of Massachusetts;

Whereas, there are no women among the four leadership positions in the education department (Secretary of Education; Commissioners of Early Care and Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Higher Education);

Whereas, in the 60-plus-year history of the Department of K-12 Education (ESE), there has never been a woman commissioner, even though women comprise 75 percent of the State’s teachers;

Whereas, women held five of the fifteen Presidency positions at our state universities in 2007 and currently hold two;

Whereas, ensuring gender and racial diversity in leadership of public colleges and universities, state boards, departments and secretariats is foundational to the success of the Commonwealth;

We believe that a transparent and open process by Governor Baker should result in an action plan to dramatically increase gender and racial parity in Massachusetts’ education leadership, reflective of the state’s population;

Therefore, we call on Governor Baker to make gender and racial parity a priority in order that all voices are at the table to drive forward change for our children, communities and future workforce.