Journal of Educational Leadership in Action


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.


Brianna Kurtz is a doctoral candidate at the University of Central Florida in the College of Community Innovation and Education. She has spent over fifteen years in secondary and post-secondary classrooms as a mathematics educator. Her research focuses on issues of equity within the field across the globe.

Dr. Farshid Safi is an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida in the College of Community Innovation and Education. His primary research focuses on developing teachers’ conceptual understanding of elementary and secondary mathematics and connecting essential mathematical topics through the use of multiple representations and technology as well as issues of equity in the classroom. He is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and has served in leadership positions for both organizations.

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