Sunday, November 29, 2009

UC’s Gender Trouble

In analyzing the salaries of UC employees, I found that in 2008, out of the top one hundred earners, only 11 were women. This low level of female top earners shows why the university’s claims of being a progressive employer often ring hollow. In fact, if we look at specific job categories in the UC system, we find similar trends. For instance, in the field of medical faculty, only 3 women make it to the top one hundred earners. Likewise, only three females are listed in the top 25 highest paid athletic coaches, even though the UCs are required to have gender equality in athletic teams.

In the case of academic deans, 8 of the top 50 highest earners were female, and this statistic is crucial because deans often make important decisions regarding hiring and compensation. Meanwhile, one of the nine campus chancellors were women in 2008.

If we now look at academic titles, we find that 15 of the top 100 paid law professors were women, while in the case of high earning business school professors, only 8 women were in the top 100. Likewise, only 8 of the top 100 paid non-professional school professors were women in 2008. I find this final statistic to be quite surprising since there are many women now teaching in higher education, and many fields are highly committed to gender equality. While some may say that women have only recently entered into many fields, it still appears that the University of California has a serious gender issue when it comes to pay and promotion.

23 comments:

  1. While gender equity seems to be closer that in the past, it is not completely achieved yet. Society still holds seperate gender roles for males and females. I have read about surveys that show that in general, males in higher positions are considered more authoritative.

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  2. Placing more women in positions of power will definately not help control spending. While it is politically correct to strive for gender equality, the truth is that society continues to trust males in more authoritative postions. Old habits die hard and you cannon expect perfect gender equality everywhere in society so soon.

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  3. I don't think anyone is going to argue that we have reached gender equality, but an institution that brags of its progressive attitude towards gender equality should be trying a bit harder. These numbers show that the UCs are very far off from having an equal opportunity for women in professional positions.

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  4. It is possible that all these statistics are irrelevant and at this point of time there are more qualified male UC employees than female employees and that is why there are more highly paid males then female. I believe statistics are often thrown around to back up claims that otherwise would not have concrete evidence.

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  5. Although gender equality is what we're striving for, we seem to be so far away its scary. It may be that people feel that men will have less outside distractions to deal with and thus making them more reliable and trustworthy. But regardless of what the reason is, it is definitely politically incorrect to strip women of their chances of moving up in their line of work, and we should be finding a solution as fast as possible to even out the playing field.

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  6. My initial reaction to this post was absolute irritation. However, as I thought about it more, I think it is necessary to know exactly how many women are employed in proportion to men in the UC system. Disregarding these numbers, it is still evident that the UC has not established a perfect gender-neutral system yet. I hope that the UC will continue to grow more aware and that the UC will allow for a more gender equal establishment in the future.

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  7. It is obvious in society that gender equality has not yet been achieved – there are very few women in positions of power in government today. However, a school system that claims to be progressive and equal in its education and admissions process portrays a hypocritical image when it fails to hire and promote female professors and officials, when so many women in today’s society are qualified for the positions.

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  8. It sounds like the UC system is still living in the pre-modern world where the male was seen as superior. However, I feel that this will slowly change because it isn’t only the UC system that has this unbalanced distribution of gender. The majority of the world is slowly experiencing modernity when it comes to gender roles. More and more females are doing what are typically thought to jobs for males.

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  9. I believe the gender gap is gradually leveling itself out. While women are less common in higher positions, I believe there are logical reasons for this besides some sort of gender bias. First of all, with the employees who got their degrees many years ago, at the time they received their degrees, there were many more men than women receiving top level degrees. The result is a group of individuals who are candidates for positions. If 1 out of 10 candidates are women, and there are 10 positions to fill based on education and experience, the result simply won't be the ideal five and five.

    As far as the pay of female athletic coaches, the simple answer in the difference is that there is less interest and therefore less revenue from the female sports. Consider the simple comparison of the UCLA Basketball teams. When the men play, Pauley will get a reasonable crowd, with fans sitting in the majority of the seating areas. All the students have to pay for these games, and many are interested, even if the team isn't doing very well (as is the case this year). The women, on the other hand, even when they have a pretty good team (as they do this year), struggle to fill the prime courtside seating areas. It is free for students, and even so, barely anyone shows up. Both teams are playing the same game for the same amount of time against the same teams. But the students don't care nearly as much about women's athletics, and so the school has no reason to spend more money on them. It really is a shame.

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  10. Although gender gaps do exist, they may not necessarily be due to gender bias because the gender gap will take some generations to level out. Thus far, we are only on about the second generation since the women's rights movement. There are not many qualified women to take higher positions because their generation did not see many women being educated.

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  11. As long as the UC is progressing towards gender equality, I feel like that's all that matters right now. If we give it time, and don't rush things, we will eventually reach a point where both parties are satisfied.

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  12. Gender equality does seem to be a huge issue in the UC’s if the number of women at the top is so low. There should be more of a balance taking into account that there should be just as many qualified women as men to be on top.

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  13. When the ratio of women and men in charge are not equal, there can be decisions made that are more favorable towards males. It’s interesting that the numbers are skewed by so much though, such as 8 out of 100. That’s not even close to 50%. So much for creating equal opportunity…

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  14. This defiantly needs to be examined more carefully so that we can understand the true cause. I doubt that women are generally discriminated against like this. Is there a chance that the salaries have been set like this a long time ago and that this is still in effect, but as new people are hired it will even out?

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  15. Even though gender equality has come a long way, we still have not completely achieved it yet. There should be more balance of qualified males and females. At least have 50% females at the top.

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