Frequently Asked Questions

Is the journal refereed?

Articles cover a very wide range of topics and ideas. Rather than lose the variety of perspectives and months in narrowing them down to what passes muster to a group of selective advisors, we prefer a more eclectic balance of editorial voices, from which readers can choose what to embrace and what to ignore.

How can I contribute to Women in Higher Education?

Please check the Author’s Guidelines on this web site for details or contact the editor Kelly J. Baker at to discuss how your idea can become an article in a future issue. She reviews guest submissions on Wednesdays.

Where do you get your material?

We attend about a dozen conferences a year in person, and report on selected relevant presentations, including those at NASPA, ACE, NACWAA, NAWCHE, AERA, NILD and Nebraska’s Women in Educational Leadership conference. We are delighted to accept opinion contributions by readers and other women leaders as well as information on successful campus programs and articles based on dissertations.

What is your main focus?

We seek to increase the number of women in campus leadership jobs and provide a continuing source of education and passion on relevant gendered issues to leaders, including men. Articles are focused toward administrators and faculty, but recognize that we all exist to serve students, the growing majority of whom are women.

With what school is it affiliated?

None. It started in 1992, after the founding editor/publisher Mary Dee Wenniger received a small inheritance from a great aunt, a milliner in the 1920s,  who would have been described today as a radical feminist.

What is Women in Higher Education?

Women in Higher Education is a monthly practitioner’s news journal, designed to help smart women on campus get wise about how gender affects their being successful in the men-dominated world of higher education. Its goals are to enlighten, encourage, empower and enrage women on campus. By sharing problems and solutions, women can learn to talk back, refuse to accept blame and quit taking guff from people who are less enlightened.

Do you have a conference?

No. We met with a conference planner several years ago and determined that his vision of a successful conference and ours were not compatible. We have since determined that our efforts can be put to better use by continuing to reach thousands of women via our publication, rather than the smaller amount that could travel to a conference. There used to be a conference called “Women in Higher Education” in the 1990s sponsored by the University of Texas-El Paso. It was later taken over by the now defunct National Association for Women in Education (NAWE).

I love Women in Higher Education! Where can I get more?

You can subscribe to the monthly issues of Women in Higher Education (either in print or digital), buy the book based on its first eight years of articles called Gender Equity or Bust! by WIHE founding editor Mary Dee Wenniger and Mary Helen Conroy, or attend one of the conferences we cover and introduce yourself to the editor.

We are always happy to provide conferences with sample issues to share. Just let us know.

How can I get permission to reprint one of your articles?

Contact editor Kelly J. Baker at and ask for permission, disclosing where it is to be used and when. Permission includes the requirement to include the statement that the article is copyrighted and it is being reproduced with special permission from the editor.

Our philosophy is to freely share the information with a wide range of readers, but we do request a fee to recoup some of our expenses if the article is to be used in a commercial venture.