Women in the Academy
President Mariko Silver’s essay is featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “What It’s Like to be a Woman in the Academy” round-up.
A recent conference at Stanford University featured 30 speakers — all of them men, all of them white. The incident sparked ridicule and outrage, as well as a sense that higher education is facing a reckoning.
Over the past few months, amid mounting revelations of sexual harassment, The Chronicle Review asked presidents—including Bennington College's Mariko Silver—and adjuncts, scientists and humanists, senior scholars and junior professors to take on the theme of women and power in academe.
Silver's essay, "It's OK to Lead Like a Woman," is included in the feature.
So much advice about power — how to get it, wield it, keep it — is premised on a specific, and unfortunately still widely accepted, gendered way of projecting authority.
President Mariko Silver