Leadership Equity

“Women in leadership roles in public administration are not the exception, they are the norm.” Dr. Richard Callahan

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Dr. Horiuchi: Women are half the population. I believe that women should be half the people in every job. And half the people at every table. Women and men honestly are the same. We are each people who have interests and desires and goals. And there is not any one thing that is women or men, but we actually, each of our communities needs to have a leadership role in public management.

Dr. Johnson, III: We have more women mayors than ever before. We have a growing amount of governors, who are women and senators and so forth. And so, I think this is a good time. Are we near praetor, no of course not, there’s still much more work needed to be done. But at least we are seeing a shift, and that’s very exciting.

Richard Callahan: Women in leadership roles in public administration are not the exception. They’re the norm and even increasingly so both in public organizations, non-profit organizations and academic institutions.

Dr. Horiuchi: Honestly women are fundraisers, they’re directors, but a lot of them still are working pretty low in the status of most organizations. And we need to respect their desire to succeed and go up and we really have to set-up better work force policies. And that’s something government is doing right now.

Richard Callahan: It’s really talented and trained professionals in the field who are able to drive those conversations, men and women. It really puts a premium on the work that people do and also their educational background. That’s why we believe and I believe so strongly in the Masters of Public Administration, for men and women going into management and leadership positions. Because it allows them to really drill down into the conversations and questions that we need to work through in modern public administration.

Dr. Horiuchi: One of the first things that women need to recognize, and I think they do, is you have to be in the room to have your opinion brought up. And how do we get into these rooms? Education is one of the mechanisms that allow women to move into different circles. And education, working in government, these are historic places where women have had the opportunity to sit at the table and share their opinions and move their interests forward of themselves and of their constituents. And we want to see that continue, we want to see women get the education they need and also be prepared to sometimes work just a little bit harder than other people just to get to the same point. And not to consider that a bad thing, necessarily, but to consider it another step on the way to equity.

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