Volume 12, Number 13 March 4, 2005

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Female faculty numbers climb but pay remains behind men

TORONTO – Statistics Canada reports that while the number of full-time female university teachers in Canada climbed by more than 50 per cent between 1990 and 2003, to about 11,000 or 30 per cent of total faculty, they still earn about five per cent less than their male colleagues.

A study summarized in the Toronto Star said women now account for about four of every 10 new professors hired across Canada, and their presence is increasing even in engineering and math, considered traditional male enclaves. But, Statistics Canada said women are less likely than men to hold top spots.

Other findings include:

  • Women faculty members tend to be younger than men, with a median age of 47 compared to 51 for men.
  • 58 per cent of women faculty are either associate or full professors, far behind the figure for men of 80 per cent.
  • The proportion of permanent staff who are women jumped to 26 per cent in 2002-03 from 14 per cent in 1990.


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