"There is a Gender Pay Gap in Academe, but It May Not Be the Gap that Matters," The Chronicle of Higher Education
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released new data that there is a gender-based wage gap in academe. However, the bigger problem in academe may not be a wage gap, but a representation gap. One factor contributing to this problem is the shortage of women in high ranking positions. According to the AAUP, there are more than three times as many male full professors as there are women in those ranks. Another factor in the faculty-pay gap is the pay disparity across fields. For example, professors of engineering make, on average, 20% more than professors of psychology. Furthermore, engineering is a male-dominated field, while psychology is dominated by women. Due to the many factors that affect pay inequity, closing the gap will not be an easy feat.