In 2009, a women’s leadership nonprofit, The White House Project, released their groundbreaking report The White House Project: Benchmarking Women’s Leadership. This report examined the leadership roles of women across 10 sectors of the workforce in the United States. In 2013, the Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver released the follow-up report, Benchmarking Women’s Leadership in the United States, expanding the depth and breadth of the original report.
Women in academia make up more than half of all college students, but slightly less than one-third of all full professors, and only 22% of women presidents lead doctorate-granting granting intuitions. Female faculty members still see a persistent salary gap—women made 82% of what male faculty made in 1975 and only 83% of what male faculty made in 2015. Pipelines, Pathways, and Institutional Leadership provides next steps from the important work from the University of Denver, and seeks to continue the conversation by offering an update of key descriptive statistics on women in higher education in an effort to promote dialogue on how to move the needle and increase the number of women leaders.