In Insight Into Diversity, President Spar is featured in an article about female presidents of colleges and universities and the challenges facing women in academia, particular in attaining leadership roles.  An excerpt:

"Debora Spar has been the president of Barnard College, a liberal arts college for women located in New York City, for the past three years. Prior to joining Barnard she worked for 17 years at the male-dominated Harvard Business School, where she faced more than a few barriers. “I loved [Har­vard Business School] and learned a lot, but I certainly did experience obstacles that were particular to women,” she said. “It’s tougher, not just in academia but everywhere. I think one of the tough things in academia is that some think it’s easier than it would be on Wall Street or in corporate America, and I think to some extent that’s true, but women still encounter different kinds of issues in academia than [their counterparts] in those other sectors.”"

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