Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Pay Equity and the Normative Family...

In our issue we wanted to talk about the status of women in academia but ran out of room as so we offer you these statistics and resources here:

"According to a report by Statistics Canada, although women made up one-third of faculty in 2004-05, they only held 19 per cent of the country's full professorships – an increase from eight per cent in 1990-91."

"When it comes to pay equity the median salary of a woman in full professor rank was approximately $6,000 less than a male colleague in the same position and there was a pay difference of $1,800 at the level of assistant professor"

"Prof. Janice Drakich, director of faculty recruitment and retention at Ontario's University of Windsor, told the Canadian Press that "Systemic discrimination is alive and well in the academy. It's not going to correct itself."

Full-time female academics lag well behind men in status and pay. We believe that this is unacceptable.

Some Statistics Canada figures from 2004-05, with 1990 figures in brackets:

Percentage of faculty who are women: 32% (19%)
Percentage of full professors: 19% (8%)
Assistant professors: 41% (33%)
Women newly appointed to full-professor: 14% (12%)
Percentage of female professors, by faculty:Education: 49% (29%)
Fine and applied arts: 40% (27%)
Math and physical science: 15% (7%)
Engineering and applied sciences: 11% (3%)

Median salaries of women compared to men:
Overall: $13,500 lower
Full professors: $6,000 lowerA
ssistant professors: $1,800 lower

Source: Statistics Canada


Jillian Gordon said...

Regarding the rambunctiousness of the house during question period. Fine... get rid of the name calling (we don't pay taxes to hear vulgarity) but thank goodness the politicians are showing some enthusiasm. What the house needs is a speaker with more control. I think Peter Milliken was a great leader but the recent performances in the house indicate he is past his prime.

Kaitlinb said...

If we cannot reach 'equality' in the academic realm this does not bode well for the rest of the workforce. Indeed, if the very institutions which perform the research so crucial to galvanizing social reform are immune to it, then why bother? Furthermore, am I the only one who is extremely alarmed by the 'new' trend of hiring overworked sessional lecturers to handle the burden of 'teaching' (and most are women) in research orientated institutions?!