Leadership Development

Since 2006, women have earned more than 50% of all doctoral degrees. However, in 2015, it was discovered that male faculty members held a higher percentage of tenure positions at every type of institution despite not holding the highest number of faculty positions at every rank. The phrase “the higher, the fewer” highlights that the higher the academic rank, the fewer women one finds.

This is particularly problematic considering that having more women in leadership can have a strong positive impact. In a small effort to contribute to women’s leadership and advancement in higher education and the general workforce, COSW has provided links to a few websites, organizations, and articles below.

  • American Association of University Women: The American Association of University Women, officially founded in 1881, is a non-profit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.
  • Leadership Louisville: The Leadership Louisville Center is a nationally-recognized resource for individuals and organizations who strive to go beyond being individually successful to being truly significant. They are a nonprofit organization in Louisville, Kentucky, serving as the region’s hub for talent development, relationship building, and community engagement.
  • National Women's History Project: The National Women's History Alliance is an American non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving women's history. The NWHA was formerly known as the National Women's History Project.
  • University of Louisville Women’s Center: Established in 1991, the Women’s Center serves as a resource on women’s issues and works to promote an atmosphere of diversity for students, faculty, staff and the community. The Women’s Center assists the University in achieving its goals by implementing programs that enhance, support, and empower women on campus.
  • HERS: HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) is a leadership development and research organization that is dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse network of woman-identified leaders in higher education. Their programs are designed to serve faculty, staff, and administrators who identify as women and aspire to become bold leaders representing greater equity, inclusivity, and excellence in higher education.