Women and Workplace Discrimination: Overcoming Barriers to Gender Equality

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Sex Discrimination
in Today's Workplace
In 1994, male members of the faculty of the School of Sciences of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology outnumbered women twelve to one. Of the 252 men on the MIT faculty, 194 were tenured; of the 22 faculty women, 15 were tenured. Nancy Hopkins, a prominent DNA expert and one of the tenured women, over a period of years had designed and taught a course very popular with MIT students. When the number of students enrolled in it exceeded one thousand, the School of Sciences administrators designated a male professor to assist her. Despite Hopkins's role in developing and teaching the course, MIT later informed her that they had designated her male assistant, not her, to turn the course into a book and a CD-ROM.Hopkins was bitter. While discussing the quality of her professional life with another female professor, she discovered that her colleague, like herself, felt that over the years she had been targeted for adverse treatment, and that MIT had not treated her nearly as well as men faculty. Discussion with a third female faculty member, who also acknowledged unhappiness with her life as an MIT professor, led the three to poll the tenured School of Sciences female professors and analyze their positions at MIT. To their amazement, their efforts disclosed the following:
The School of Sciences paid male faculty members more than female faculty members.
On average, research monies allotted to men exceeded those allotted to women.

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