It is not uncommon to find academic institutions that do not include women, especially black women, in their top ranks. This situation has been blamed on sexism, which limits opportunities for women in administrative positions in universities and colleges. In some cases, where there are women in these ranks, they are belaboured with lower pay compared to the men in the same position.
However, over the years strides have been made to include women in the top ranks in institutions of higher learning. We now see black women being appointed as deans, vice chancellors and directors of programs and so on.
In the last few years, the number of women in these positions, especially in Africa, has risen.
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