Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Latest on Lower Salaries for Women Faculty

The Arkansas Times has a cover story today, "Women Still Trail," documenting the fact that "One thing women want is equal pay for equal work, and there's considerable evidence they aren't getting it in an area where one might expect the most enlightenment on this issue — higher education."

Of Arkansas university presidents, Lu Hardin of the University of Central Arkansas at Conway is the one who has done more than just talk about gender equity. He was hired in 2002, and from 2003 to 2005, the salary gap for women assistant professors went from 97% to 99.9%. During the same time period, the University of Arkansas has seen the salary gap actually widen for women faculty, with female assistant professors last year making 83% of the salary paid to their male colleagues. That reflects what has been going on here during the past seven years with regard to investing in outstanding women faculty and increasing diversity among the faculty.

AFSCME Local 965 supports equal pay for equal work. No bureaucratic excuses. We demand equal pay for women and fair pay for everyone.

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