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
Dr. Dawn Jackson
Department of Health Promotion and Administration
Restricted Access Thesis
Health Promotion and Administration
IRB Approval Number (if applicable)
Davis, Emma, "Perceived Characteristics of Successful Healthcare Executives: A Survey of Health Administration Graduates" (2018). Honors Theses. 532.