In two articles that appeared in the April 14, 2003,
Emory Report (Glass ceiling is lifted and EOP
plan shows gains by women), we are given the distinct impression
that gains in female representation in management positions across
the University and on the tenure-track faculty have surpassed the
goals set by the administration.
While we at the Presidents Commission on the Status of Women
(PCSW) agree with [the articles authors or primary sources]
Alice Miller, vice president of Human Resources, and Robert Etheridge,
vice president for Equal Opportunity Programs, when they say that
Emory has much to be proud of in terms of the advancement of women
both in administration and on the faculty, we dont believe
that these data are conclusive with regard to the existence (or
nonexistence) of a glass ceiling.
In addition to the statistics presented in those articles, the PCSW
has conducted its own analyses of female promotion patterns and
gender equity both for the tenure-track faculty and in senior administrative
leadership within the University.
The 2002 report on gender equity (which appears on our website at
confirms what we learned in 1997: When administrative and leadership
positions, rank and department are taken into account, there is
no evidence that women are underpaid relative to their male peers.
Also, in terms of recruiting female staff into leadership positions,
a 2003 PCSW report provides support that Emory is a leader in promotion
of women to management ranks; the school has seen the largest growth
(37 percent over the last decade) of female employees in managerial,
professional and administrative positions of any school in the (2002
Business Week) Top 20 ranked universities.
However, when we look at Emorys relative position in terms
of women in senior leadership positions (which is what is typically
meant by the term glass ceiling), we see a very different
In terms of deans of the Universitys schools, two of
nine (22 percent) are female, which places us in the bottom third
of peer schools for which we could get data.
When comparing Presidents Cabinet-level positions (using
data on published websites of our peer institutions) we rank in
the bottom third in terms of percentage of women in these senior
While there are several universities that do not report such
information publicly, only two institutions in the top 18 had a
lower percentage of women on their boards of trustees.
While these data comparing Emory to peer institutions are clearly
disappointing, there is certainly a mood of optimism that the gains
made in the last six years will continue and hope that there is
a continuing commitment to equal opportunity.
With our thanks to President [Bill] Chace for supporting the work
of the PCSW, we now look to President [Jim] Wagner for his vision
of the future. We hope that the make up of his cabinet and his board
will be more representative of the population of students here at