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Sumru Erkut

Sumru Erkut is a Senior Research Scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women. Her research has encompassed variations in the course of child and adult development due to gender, race/ethnicity, social class, immigration, urbanization, and sexuality. Her research on adults has focused on employment and leadership. She was part of a team which found that three or more women on a corporate board of directors constitute a critical mass that improves corporate boards functioning. Her most recent work is an examination of the scarcity of women leaders in theatres and what can be done to remedy the situation, a research study carried out in collaboration with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. 

Women’s Leadership
Essay

Women’s Leadership

Research Results and Recommendations

21 August 2016

The American Conservatory Theater with Wellesley Centers for Women present findings on a three-year study on the gender equity of leadership opportunities in the nonprofit American theater.

Why Are There So Few Women Leading Theatres and What Can Be Done About It?
Essay

Why Are There So Few Women Leading Theatres and What Can Be Done About It?

1 December 2015

Researchers Sumru Erkut and Ineke Ceder discuss their study and offer suggestions for including more women and people of color in leadership positions in US regional theatres.