The next generation of women in leadership must be nurtured, supported: Opinion


Three Concordia University deans—Anne-Marie Croteau, Annie Gérin, and Pascale Sicotte—have penned an article discussing the decline in women’s representation in leadership positions. Prior to the pandemic, Croteau, Gérin, and Sicotte write that there was a modest increase in women in leadership positions in universities. However, by 2021, only 20% of the world’s top 200 universities had women presidents. Canadian companies have also seen a drop in the number of women in senior management positions, they note, as a a 2022 report demonstrated that women managers leave their jobs at a higher rate than their colleagues. The authors write that women’s roles in leadership positions must be nurtured by identifying and addressing the obstacles that prevent women from accessing management positions and ensuring women are supported throughout their careers.