Lots of talk.
Lots of talk for several decades.
Same problems for several decades.
Little or no action.
Little or no action for several decades.
The talkers feel good.
The talkers have felt good for a long time.
The doers watch – silent, frustrated, yet hopeful.
This is a simple summary of the state of affairs of women in higher education. For several decades, there have been reports, commissions, studies, surveys, conferences, workshops, books, articles, white papers, and editorials on the status of women in higher education. Yet, in the last several decades, no significant or meaningful change has taken place. Yes, those who believe that even small change is significant change will cry fowl. Oh, we have accomplished so much in such a short span of time – they will say. Change takes time, they will console women who want action. But for those of us in academia we know all too well that change is long overdue and very slow to come. Why? Why is this the case? Why is it that educators are not able to educate their colleagues and leaders about why change is critical and overdue? Why are we still a nation of talkers than doers? More to follow……..