But at graduation the educational investment equality ends and the return on investment for an educational diploma becomes unequal.
When Justice Sandra Day O’Connor graduated Stanford Law School, she was third in her class. However, top law firms in California were only willing to offer her secretarial duties.
That was the day when women had to fight to get their foot in the door. Today, a woman with a college diploma can walk through the door, but her fight now is for pay equality for the same diploma.
Government reports of earnings for women confirm women average only 77 cents to the dollar of a man’s income. Mary An Mason, a professor and co-director of the Center, Economics & Family Security at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, sees the president for this gender pay gap being set in colleges before graduation even occurs.
Mason outlines the following issues:
- 50% (now almost 60%) of college graduates are women
- There is a condition of educated segregation when it comes to career choices and increased earnings potential with advanced degrees and tenure
- Women have traditionally chosen lower paying career choices in the humanities, social work, education and psychology, while men have traditionally chosen the higher paying careers of math, engineering and sciences
- Women who choose the higher paying career choices encounter the dilemma of their child bearing years impacting their academic progress.
- 37% of women married with children do not go on to academic research careers
- 27% do not complete the academic requirements to reach tenure
A female student will invest equally as her male counterpart, but faces a biological hurdle should she marry and have children during the same years needed to complete graduate studies and gain academic tenure.
It’s Mason’s point that college intuitions are failing to recognize women students in their family period of their lives, offer no childbirth leave for graduate students nor make other family accommodation.
Before the issue of gender pay inequity can be resolved in the workplace, the issue of the ability to earn gender equality pay needs to be addressed for women while they are still students.You Can Find Me At -