In healthcare, women rarely reach the executive-level despite making up three-quarters of the industry’s workforce. There is no apparent reason for this under-representation considering women hold more college degrees, and there is a lack of evidence to prove a gender difference in cognitive ability. However, there is substantial evidence that indicates the social concepts surrounding gender stereotypes are over-learned in youth, which later effects perception and decision-making. From a survey intended to assess desired characteristics of successful healthcare executives and the correlation to gender (N=91), it was determined that women, on average, are assigned more non-essential traits while men are associated with the traits most valued for such positions.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2018


Dawn Jackson

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Health Promotion and Administration

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Health Promotion and Administration

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