Women are increasingly getting the top museum jobs. Will more of them finally get equal pay?
It began with a flurry of landmark appointments. Last year, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum welcomed Ellen Stofan as its first female director, and then Anthea Hartig was named the first woman to helm the popular National Museum of American History. By the time Kaywin Feldman arrived in March as the first woman director of the National Gallery of Art — one of the country’s most prestigious museums — the unusual had become almost commonplace.
Washington’s wave of female museum leaders marks a sea change for a field that has traditionally been led by white men. But it also promises progress in another thorny area: the long-standing and systemic gender pay gap.
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