November 28th, 2015

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Olga Tsuneko Yokoyama

I recently analyzed some limited, but astonishing data comparing the highest-achieving male and female humanities professors in one of the world’s top universities. My analysis revealed disturbing results: the higher women professors climbed in rank, the harder they had to work. Their male colleagues, by contrast, continued to advance in rank virtually WITHOUT INCREASING THEIR PRODUCTIVITY.
The issue is not just about equal pay, but about the amount a woman must WORK to reach any given rank, compared to her male counterpart.
This study helps confirm a disturbing trend: women don’t receive equal pay for equal work in this country; in fact, gender equality in the US is moving in the wrong direction. For instance, according to the 2015 Global Gender Gap Index, the US has sunk to 28th place for gender equality… behind Bolivia, Burundi, Barbados, Spain, Moldova and Mozambique.
A few details about the study:
The study used the academic resumes of 10 senior professors at this university. It is extremely difficult to compare one academic to another. These 10 were selected because they shared a similar academic background, which allowed them to be compared using the same yardstick.
The productivity of each professor was measured at each rank they had held. First their publications were counted. These counts were weighted to reflect their relative value in this particular discipline. For instance, a textbook was worth 60% of a research book, a peer reviewed article worth 15% of a research book, a book review 5%, and so on. Finally, the weighted values were added together to produce a total academic productivity score.
As you can see, the higher they climbed, the harder women professors had to work, compared to their male colleagues. At Step 5, the gender gap was negligible. But from that point onward, the workloads of men and women began to diverge. At Step 7, women had already produced as much as their senior male colleagues ever would. After Step 8, the men’s average productivity virtually plateaued. By the time male and female professors reached the highest rank, called “above scale,” women were outperforming men by more than 50%.
The sample may be small, but the results are deeply troubling. Clearly, we need a lot more research into this important aspect of gender inequality.
Friends, what do you think?


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