ERIC Number: ED168374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-8
Reference Count: 0
Implications of Giving Women a Greater Share of Academic Decision-Making.
Weaver, Ellen C.
Viewpoints about women in academic leadership roles were obtained from women administrators and experts on women in power in academe. Data cited indicate that there are few women at the top. Cultural practices like sports have influenced men to need to win; women acquire interpersonal skills and learn to achieve their ends by less direct means than men. Women also tend to simplify things since they have learned to devise short cuts that work. The ability to ask good, fresh questions and to seek answers to them through channels not commonly used is part of what makes women good on committees. Women in leadership positions provide role models for students. It is valuable for men as well as women to see women achieving. The first problem in appointing women to top positions is to find the women. Internships and training programs are essential, but expensive. An on-the-job approach might be helpful. There must be a willingness to identify able women and to give them support on the job and job security. Women who have top positions must bring other women in. Women must learn to understand the ways of power, which is diffuse, or distributive, in academe. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Conference on Expanding the Role of Women in the Sciences, New York Academy of Sciences (March 6-8, 1978)