Professional organizations within mathematics education have been a source of development, connection, pedagogical direction, and policy for decades. With gender and equity discussions reaching the forefront of the mathematics education conversation, one must consider the gender representation of those leading the organizations upon which we rely. The authors analyzed historical presidential data from four major mathematics education professional organizations in the United States. Women were found to be in presidential roles at a statistically significantly less proportion (p<0.001) in three of the four organizations. When the organizations were considered aggregately since the enactment of Title IX, a trend to a plateau at 40% female leadership was seen. Future analysis beyond the presidential role and breakdowns by other factors are advisable.
Kurtz, Brianna and Safi, Farshid
"Women Leaders in Mathematics Education: An Analysis of Gender in Leadership Roles in Professional Organizations,"
Journal of Educational Leadership in Action: Vol. 6:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lindenwood.edu/ela/vol6/iss2/5
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