The University of Texas has a new Gender Equity Council which is tasked with — get this — researching and battling gender inequality!
It seems that proportionate representation is a big deal at UT, as the college employs almost 800 male professors, but only 230 female professors.
“Imbalance” of this sort is not a “good” thing, you see.
The council, which consists of at least one faculty representative from each college or school at UT, met to discuss and advance gender equity efforts on campus. In 2013, the University employed 784 male full professors compared to 230 female full professors, according to data from the University’s Institutional Reporting, Research, and Information Systems.
Janet Dukerich, senior vice provost for faculty affairs and head of the council, said the 25 council members split up at the first meeting into three separate subcommittees to tackle different issues relating to gender inequality at UT: family and health, employment and climate.
This is not the first time the University has looked into the issue of gender inequality. In 2007, Steven Leslie, the executive vice president and provost at the time, established the Gender Equity Task Force to research faculty gender inequality issues on campus and provide recommendations for improvement. The task force published its findings in 2008 and cited promotional lags and salary gaps between male and female professors.
Hmm, I wonder if those “promotional lags and salary gaps” are anything akin to the mythical “women earn only ’77 cents to the dollar’ that a man makes”?
Committee member Hillary Hart, an engineering lecturer, said that “climate issues are harder to attack because the data is more qualitative and more anecdotal, so we’re trying to figure out how we’re going to do this.”
Of that I’m certain. If your university has a council devoted to gender equity, you can bet your bottom dollar it will find those (gender inequality) anecdotes!