The Eos Foundation compiled the data on leadership in education in Massachusetts and is launching a campaign focused on gender parity in education leadership. See relevant stats below:
- In the 60+ year history of the department of K-12 education (ESE), there has never been a woman commissioner, even though women comprise 75% of all teachers.
All five members of the Massachusetts education leadership team are now men: Secretary of Education; the Commissioners of early education, elementary and secondary education, and higher education; and the President of the University of Massachusetts.
Since the position of Secretary of Education was established in 2008, there has been no women appointed to the job.
There have been 8 Presidential searches for MA state universities since 2014. Women comprised 39% of the finalists in the 8 searches, yet none were hired for the position of President.
Benchmarks for comparison
- 45% of chief state school officers (generally K-12) are women.
- The California State University system has 23 campuses. Of those leaders, 11 are women (48%) and are women of color.