AAUW Convenes Panel on the Current Status of Women in Leadership

March 24, 2016


Experts to Discuss Findings from a New AAUW Report at the Newseum

Media Contacts:
Lisa Goodnight

On March 30, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will release a new research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, that examines the question of why women are still woefully underrepresented in positions of power. Drawing on scholarly research and focusing on the role of stereotypes and bias, the report provides recommendations for individuals, employers, and policy makers to help create an environment in which gender is no longer a barrier to leadership. AAUW will also describe its new Implicit Association Test on gender and leadership. Created in collaboration with Project Implicit and researchers at Harvard University, the test aims to make individuals aware of unconscious biases they may have about women leaders. At the event, a panel of experts from business, politics, and education will discuss what the report’s findings mean for women in leadership and our society as a whole.


Cokie Roberts, moderator; Journalist, commentator, and author

Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States

Charles Bolden, NASA administrator and former astronaut

Marion Blakey, President and chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce North America

Salli Frattini, Awards show executive producer

Anna Han, Behavioral scientist, policy adviser, and implicit bias researcher

Diane Linen Powell, Adviser to startups and nonprofit organizations


Newseum, Knight Studio, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001


Wednesday, March 30, 3:30–5:30 p.m. ET

Use #leadHERship to follow the conversation online. The discussion will be followed by a reception and panel discussion about women leaders in media.



Watch the Barriers and Bias Research Launch Panel on Women in Leadership Live Stream

Live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C., a panel of experts will discuss the report’s findings, what they mean for women in leadership, and how these industries.

Presidents Carter, Clinton, Obama, and George W. Bush, laughing.

Why We Need to Stop Equating Leadership with Masculinity

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Are You Biased against Women Leaders?

AAUW has collaborated with Project Implicit and Harvard University researchers to create a test that looks at the mental associations we make between gender and a variety of concepts.

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