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Women as Museum Leaders

The following excerpt is from Katherine Boyle and Lonnae O’Neal Parker, ‘The Directors’, The Washington Post, February 28, 2014:

For decades, women have held many positions in the museum field, working as curators, development specialists and press secretaries. But in recent years, women have assumed the director title in droves. As of 2012, 57 percent of museum directors in the United States are women, according to the American Alliance of Museums. In Washington, about 50 percent of museums and historical sites are now led by women, with many helming active, popular museums with regional and national appeal, such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Phillips Collection. In the past six years, five of the region’s most prominent museums have gained a female director.

To read more and to view video interviews with women museum leaders in the US see ‘The Directors’ on The Washington Post website.