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Abstract

One of the key factors determining the economic status and success of women is their level of education. Women have been turning to education in ever increasing numbers, and they now comprise the majority of students in our institutions of higher education. Yet women hold only 10 percent of the most senior positions — college and university presidencies. Clearly if institutions are to be responsive to the needs of all students, that percentage must change. Those who make up the ranks of this elite achieved their professional standing by overcoming inequities that linger in the academy even as we enter the 1990s and anticipate the challenges that will face higher education in the year 2000. If change is to occur, we must commit ourselves to a variety of strategies that will reach into the classroom and the boardroom.

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