When Will Women Rise to the Top?

March 8, 2017

A quick sampling of the country’s largest and most visited collections reveals that the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Gallery of Art, among others, have never had female directors, even if some of those museums have had women serve as president or chief financial officers.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/opinion/why-the-met-should-appoint-a-female-director.html?_r=0

I wrote this last week, but saved it for International Women’s Day.  I spend alot of time interacting with a cross-section of Museum staffers all over the country, as we work to develop audioguides, apps, multimedia experiences, etc.  75% of the people that I partner with are female – curators, education directors, interpretive media specialists, front-line visitor services managers, outreach and volunteer coordinators, Access advocates, etc.  As the Met undergoes their search for a new Director, I can’t help but wonder – why are these dedicated, brilliant, dynamic women who are “down in the ranks” and doing incredible work not rising to executive leadership positions?  Liza Oliver’s article is exactly on point.  

About Us

We are innovative storymakers and creative technologists devoted to visitor-first experiences.

We make audio tours, mobile apps, multimedia guides, podcasts, interactives, and superior story-driven content for the museum and cultural sector.

UK Office

The Office Group
20 Eastbourne Terrace
Paddington
London W2 6LG
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 3365 8600

US Office

15 River Road, Suite 15B
Wilton, CT 06897
USA
Tel: (203) 523-0320
Fax: (203) 354 5519
© 2019 Antenna International All rights reserved.
Our Podcast, Above the Fog. Listen Now