Women's Leadership in the ACR, 2001-2015

Amy K. Patel, Julia Fielding, Katarzyna J. Macura, Kimberly E. Applegate, Rosalee Zackula, Elizabeth Kagan Arleo

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Purpose To assess the trends of women in voluntary leadership roles in the ACR from 2001 to 2015. Methods Retrospective leadership records from 2001 to 2015 were collected from the ACR Membership Database based on member demographics, gender, and participation in leadership roles at the national and state level. Data were sorted by gender and year to assess the proportion of women in each leadership position relative to total member/representation counts. Results Overall, there were increasing numbers of women represented in ACR leadership. From 2001 to 2015, there were increasing rates of women achieving fellowship in the College (7%-11%), now at parity with male member rates. Representation by women has risen from 7% to 21% for state chapter presidents and from 14% to 18% for state councilors. Comparing rolling 5-year averages from 2001-2005 and 2011-2015 showed statistically significant increases (P <.05) in these leadership roles. Women members of the council steering committee rose from 13% in 2001 to 19% in 2015, peaking at 24% in 2014. The Board of Chancellors (BOC) showed the largest increase in women, from 9% to 33%, with a peak at 37% in 2014. However, no BOC chairs were women, one council speaker was a woman, two women were ACR presidents, and two women were vice presidents. Conclusions Women's participation in ACR leadership has increased significantly at the state level and in fellowship recognition. Although there are increasing numbers of women on the BOC, top positions remain male-dominated at the national level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)830-837
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2017


  • ACR
  • Women
  • gender trends
  • leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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