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Although more than 52 percent of the current college and university student body is comprised of women, institutional leadership is still dominated by males. This digest summarizes the issue from an institutional context and identifies factors that contribute to the gap. It suggests that the organizational and societal concepts of leadership be viewed from an alternative, feminist frame of reference noting the different leadership styles of men and women. The glass ceiling in higher education is seen as the result of a male-dominated organizational structure that places stumbling blocks in the career paths of many women faculty. A more feminist leadership style is urged as a way to change institutional hierarchies and structures. And because organizational culture also affects curriculum and administration, it is suggested that this more inclusive style of leadership would create institutions with values grounded in community and service to constituents. Suggestions to achieve such change include: the elimination of the collective campus behaviors and actions that create a chilly climate for women and minorities, and development of an organizational consensus to combat the institutionalized structures and norms that exclude women. (CH)

Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrative Policy, Colleges, Consciousness Raising, Diversity (Faculty), Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Higher Education, Leadership, Organizational Change, Power Structure, Quality of Working Life, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Universities, Women Administrators, Women Faculty, Work Environment

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Author: Chliwniak, Luba

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10232&id=ED410846

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