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ECU celebrates International Women’s Day

Published: 08/03/2016

Today is International Women's Day: a chance for women to celebrate their own successes and the great strides made in advancing gender equality.

In a blog for WonkHE, ECU’s Ellen Pugh looks at how far we have come since the 1980s and explores the barriers that still exist for women progressing to senior leadership roles in higher education.

The theme of International Women’s Day this year is parity. Ellen will be joining a panel of experts on the Guardian Higher Education Network to share thoughts, discuss experiences, analyse suggestions and answer your questions on how things stand for women working in higher education. You can join the chat live at 12 noon today.

Last week saw the launch of Women Count: Leaders in Higher Education 2016, a report into the representation of women as chairs, vice-chancellors and members of governing bodies. The report recognises the collective action to increase women’s leadership that has been taking place across the sector, including targets of 40% women governing body members have been set in HEFCE’s Business Plan. It also recognises how ECU’s Athena SWAN charter has been embraced as a sector standard.