Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UGa Narrowing Gender Salary Gap; but the Study Finds Women Faculty Members Still Make Less Than Men

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UGa Narrowing Gender Salary Gap; but the Study Finds Women Faculty Members Still Make Less Than Men

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Byline: REBECCA QUIGLEY

ATHENS - An age-old salary gap between male and female professors in the United States has nearly closed at the University of Georgia, where women may even have surpassed men among junior faculty, according to a recent report from the American Association of University Professors.

Of the nation's universities that offer doctorates, UGa ranks 19th for paying female assistant professors on average 100.1 percent of what male assistant professors make - topping all SEC schools and universities similar to UGa in size, population and programs, according to the report.

But women may not be moving up the ranks as quickly as men, one of the report's authors said.

Female faculty at UGa receive about 96 percent of men's salaries at the associate professor level, 93 percent at the full professor level and 85 percent across all faculty levels.

Louisiana State University pays its female faculty about 73 percent of what it pays male faculty - the widest gap among the SEC schools, according to the AAUP report.

Men still make more than women at the full professor level because they began teaching 30 to 40 years ago when the profession favored men over women, said Martha West, co-author of the AAUP report and professor at the University of California at Davis.

"As women have integrated undergraduate and graduate studies, their integration in faculty has been consistently lagging," West said. …

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