In academe women still earn only 83% and 81% of their male counterparts at public and private institutions, respectively. I still don’t understand the Paycheck Fairness Act http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/08/fact-sheet-expanding-opportunity-all-ensuring-equal-pay-women-and-promot but it’s nice to hear the conversation is out there.
I think there’s a common misconception that professors are “rich” but I guess that depends on one’s definition of wealth. I am grateful that our library has a wealth of information, therefore I feel enriched. I can almost always find a journal article I want to read. There are great books galore. I have awesome colleagues.
As a teacher classified as “Inst./Lect./No Rank” I actually make a little more than half of what my colleagues reported in this graphic. According to the poverty guidelines, I could support a family of 7 with my salary.
I was thinking the other day about reasons why women should have equal (or higher) pay than men. Tampons alone add up in cost. Not to mention trips to the ob-gyn and other vagina-related costs. Going to hear the Vagina Monologues @ CSUN on Thursday, April 17th at 8:30pm. Hail to the V!