Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 54-20. Advancing Gender Equity in the DOT Workforce

The objective of this synthesis was to document current DOT practices related to advancing gender equity in their workforce. Women comprise only 15% of the transportation workforce, and this statistic declines in executive and leadership positions and does not reflect those who may not identify as men or women. For women of color, the numbers are even more disparate.  This synthesis gathered information through a literature review, a survey of DOTs, and follow-up interviews with selected DOTs. Six case examples provide greater insight into current gender equity practices, barriers to implementation, data collection and accountability processes, and assessment findings.  Dr. Stephanie Ivey, Ph.D. of the University of South Florida and Susan Gallagher of Montana State University collected and synthesized the information and wrote the report. The members of the topic panel are acknowledged on page iv. This synthesis is an immediately useful document that records practices that were acceptable within the limitations of the knowledge available at the time of its preparation. The synthesis is available at:


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $55000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 54-20

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Wadsworth, Trey

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Memphis

    Memphis, TN  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ivey, Stephanie

  • Start Date: 20220429
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240308
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01845544
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 54-20
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 17 2022 11:13AM