Women have never held more than 27 percent of leadership positions in nonprofit U.S. theaters, according to a WCW study.
California bill is influenced by WCW research findings that it takes three female members on a corporate board to make a real impact on decision-making and governance.
This article references a 2015 study by WCW on the lack of gender and racial diversity in theater leadership.
Ineke Ceder and Dr. Sumru Erkut discuss gathering the right data on workplace climate to become more diverse and inclusive.
Research from WCW shows that it takes three women on a corporate board to influence decision-making.
When parents talk to their teens about dating, relationships, and sex, research shows that it can protect teens from engaging in risky sexual behavior. But for most teenagers (and parents) those conversations are uncomfortable. In fact, parents should not be surprised that some teens prefer to discuss those rather tricky topics with extended family members rather than parents. What we don’t know yet is whether those conversations with other family members also protect teens from making risky sexual decisions.
To date, most research about family sexuality communication has focused on teens and their parents. Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., is expanding this topic to include conversations with extended family members -- older siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents -- to capture the broader context of teens’ family communication and understand how extended family members can help teens make smarter decisions about dating, sex, and relationships.
“This line of research may be particularly relevant for Black and Latino families, where extended family members are more likely to play key child rearing roles,” said Grossman.
In April 2018, Grossman, a research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women, and her team -- Amanda Richer, Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., Ineke Ceder, and Sumru Erkut, Ph.D. -- published their latest research on this topic in Family Relations, a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Wiley-Blackwell.
In their qualitative study of 22 teens, 86 percent of participants reported talking with both parents and extended family about sex and relationships. Teens were more likely to describe parents than extended family as sharing messages about delaying sex and avoiding teen pregnancy. However, they were more likely to describe conversations with parents as awkward and uncomfortable, while they viewed extended family as easy to talk to. Teens also described shared life experiences with extended family members as a reason to talk with them about sex.
“The research showed that extended family played a somewhat different role than parents in teens’ sexuality communication, but family members shared a common set of values,” said Grossman, “This indicated that extended family could be a valuable sexuality communication resource for teens.”
Grossman and her team are now following up on that research with their study, Adolescent Communication with Family and Reproductive Health, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development at the National Institutes of Health.
The team is currently analyzing data from surveys they conducted with over 800 teens in 6 high schools. In addition, they are conducting interviews with extended family members who are trusted communication partners in teens’ extended families. These survey and interview data will explore how family conversations about dating, relationships, and sex can support teens’ health, delay sex, and reduce teen pregnancy.
“While we don’t yet have all the answers for how extended family conversations can support teens’ health, we do know that many teens see extended family as a resource to learn about sex and relationships,” said Grossman. Parents can discuss with their children’s uncles, aunts, and older siblings how to work together to support teens’ healthy development.
The inaugural two-day Berkshire Leadership Summit was established as a direct response to the WCW report, Women’s Leadership in Resident Theaters.
Variety, February 7, 2018
By Mary McColl
Star Tribune, February 1, 2018
By Chris Hewitt
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 2, 2018
By Bo Emerson
Harvard Business Review, January 8, 2018
By Ineke Ceder and Sumru Erkut, Ph.D.
Washington Post, November 22, 2017
By Jena McGregor
Chicago Tribune, October 25, 2017
By Morgan Greene
BroadwayWorld, September 18, 2017
By BWW News Desk
American Theatre, August 31, 2017
By John Moore
American Theatre, August 31, 2017
By Joseph Haj
Edmonton Journal, August 24, 2017
By Liane Faulder
The Stage, August 11, 2017
By Howard Sherman
Women and Hollywood, July 11, 2017
By Rachel Montpelier
Women and Hollywood, July 6, 2017
By Rachel Montpelier
Broadway World Charlotte, June 13, 2017
Broadway World, February 28, 2017
Washington Post, January 19, 2017
By Nelson Pressley
The vast majority of our society’s leaders are men— every president of the United States and very likely, many of our past bosses. This is also still the case in regional theater even though many in the field can easily think of a few female leaders at those larger regional theaters, like Diane Paulus, Lynn Meadow, and Molly Smith. There are as many women as men who graduate with advanced degrees in theater arts or theater management, and there are plenty of women employed in all ranks but the highest. Moreover, the majority of theater tickets are bought by women. But, for decades, women have held only about 25 percent of leadership positions in nonprofit regional theaters.
American Theatre, December 6, 2016
By Allison Considine
Playbill, November 21, 2016
By Olivia Clement
Broadway World, November 17, 2016
HowlRound, September 14, 2016
By Holly L. Derr
Broadway World, September 12, 2016
Women and Hollywood, August 23, 2016
By Laura Berger
Broadway World, August 3, 2016
The Boston Globe, July 22, 2016
By Don Aucoin
Boston.com April 13, 2016
By Justine Hofherr
90.9 WBUR April 13, 2016
by Jeremy D. Goodwin
Research & Action Report Spring/Summer 2005
In February 2005, Sumru Erkut, Ph.D. presented "Same-Sex Marriage: The 'Legitimization' of Lesbian Lives?" at the Lesbian Lives XII conference sponsored by and held at the Women's Education, Research and Resource Centre, University College Dublin, Ireland.
Education News, October 30, 2014
by Grace Smith
Latin Post, October 26, 2014
by Nicole Akoukou Thompson
Wellesley Weston Blog, October 24, 2014
by Beth Furman
WNAM/ABC News Radio, October 23, 2014
Wonkette, October 22, 2014
by Kaili Joy Gray
Think Progress, October 21, 2014
by Tara Culp-Ressler
TIME, October 20, 2014
by Tessa Berenson
Boston.com, October 20, 2014
by Shannon McMahon
For Immediate Release: October 20, 2014
For Immediate Release: October 9, 2014
Parent Map July 29, 2014
By Elaine Bowers
Huffington PostMay 27, 2014
by George Heymont
WealthManagement.com, November 13, 2013
For immediate release: March 20, 2013
by Sumru Erkut, Ph.D.
July 18, 2012
Crisis can spell opportunity for women. Marissa Mayer’s appointment to head Yahoo can be seen as one more example of a talented woman brought in to save a company in danger of failing, a so-called “glass cliff” phenomenon-in-action where a women is hired when a company is on the verge of disastrous financial plunge. But Mayer’s appointment can also be seen as the Yahoo board being jolted into recognizing the solid business case for hiring a woman to lead their company. Our research (with my colleagues Vicki Kramer and Alison Konrad) on the advantages that a critical mass of three or more women directors can bring to a corporate board suggests that, attuned to the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, women tend to have a collaborative leadership style that increases listening, social support, and asking tough questions and demanding direct and detailed answers, all leading to win-win problem-solving. Yahoo needs all of that.
For Immediate Release: October 27, 2011
The Record (Trenton, NJ)
July 21, 2010
Commentary by Sumru Erkut, Ph.D., WCW associate director and senior research scientist
Letter to the Editor submitted by Sumru Erkut, Ph.D., to The New York Times in response to the article “Mistresses of the Universe" published February 8, 2009. (unpublished)
February 10, 2009
Two years ago, scholars at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) launched a study of racial and ethnic identification among adolescents of mixed ancestry. The reasons for pursuing the research were several. Most literature about ethnic/racial self-identification patterns derived from adult respondents. For example, the series of studies that led to the change in wording of racial self-identification in the 2000 Census was carried out with adults.
October 15, 2008
Wisconsin Dells Events
September 3, 2008
Letter to the Editor submitted by Sumru Erkut, Ph.D., to The Boston Globe in response to the CDC Press Release: “One in Four Female Adolescents Is Infected with At Least One Sexually Transmitted Infection, New CDC Study Finds" published March 12, 2008. (unpublished)
March 13, 2008
December 15, 2007
Letter to the Editor submitted by Sumru Erkut, Ph.D. to Ms. in response to the article "Extreme Makeover: Feminist Edition," published in Fall 2007 issue.
The New York Times, The Day (Connecticut), Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Shira Boss (New York Times News Service)
August 12, 2007
Harvard Business Review
Alison Konrad and Vicki Kramer
Does it matter to corporate governance whether women serve on a board? If so, does it make a difference how many women serve? That is, is there a critical mass that can bring significant change to the boardroom and improve corporate governance? My colleagues Vicki W. Kramer, Principal, V. Kramer Associates, and Alison M. Konrad, Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and I set out to answer these important questions. Our findings shed light on a growing problem for organizations and society: not enough women are serving on corporate boards to the corporations’ detriment.
May 24, 2006