Addressing the gender pay gap: Editorial

In a new article for The Conversation, Marcie Penner (Western University) and Tracy Smith-Carrier (Royal Roads University) discuss findings from recent research on the gender pay gap at Canadian universities. The research, which used King’s University College as a case study, found that women full-time professors earned an average of 9% less than men earn for the same work. When Penner and Smith-Carrier calculated the pay and pension gap across different career trajectories they found that a $9K starting pay difference resulted in cumulative pay and pension gaps of $454K at the associate level, $468K at the full professor level, and $660K if a woman was not promoted to full professor compared to a man who was. The authors recommend addressing systemic bias by providing transparency on assessments and data, fostering environments that women can thrive in, and addressing the power gap in senior leadership positions. The Conversation Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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