The Gender pay gap in academia

As it exists in many other fields, the gender pay gap also affects women in academia. An association similar to our own, the Association of Professional Women in Medical Sciences, comprised of junior women and senior scientists worked for decades to help improve policies for women at the University of North Carolina in the USA. Cureus published an article detailing the background and the history of the association’s activities.

The article describes the road and the approaches the association took to promote the hiring and retention of women staff at the university. Their example is an interesting case of academic activism for any institution or association with similar goals to examine, as is the authors’ intention: “This model may serve as a template or model for other institutions and as a chronicle of the evolution of the challenges and successes that women faculty in medical sciences have experienced in the last four decades.”

Read the full article on Cureus.