by Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor
The recent release of McKinsey & Company and Leanin.org’s 7th Women in the Workplace report caught my eye as we begin work on the fourth priority area of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, student leadership and agency. Though progress continues, women are still underrepresented in leadership positions and representation decreases with each rung of the corporate ladder, especially for women of color. The report also touches on the changing nature of the roles women are increasingly taking on at work, labor important to outcomes including employee support and diversity, equity, and inclusion, which is not being formally recognized. I find this concerning, especially when I consider how women have been adversely impacted during the pandemic when balancing work and dependent care, which has fallen disproportionately on their shoulders.
While it is fantastic to see female leaders featured more and more in our culture, and we proudly celebrate our alumnae who are providing leadership in so many fields, relatively increased visibility can hide the still dire reality born out in the McKinsey/Leanin.org report.
Research such as this reminds me of when I am asked if there is still a need for girls’ schools. There is, for many reasons, including our proven ability to develop leadership and agency in our students. I hope you will read the report and let me know what you think, and I hope you will follow our work as we develop a comprehensive grades 4-12 leadership and agency framework to ensure consistent exposure to these critical skills for all Westridge students.