Report on Female Staff Discrimination at Columbia University, February 1971, page 6
and women; most are dwminuted by one sex. Those areas which are‘ predominantly female arc 1ower—stnLns‘arvas9 and, one can safely‘ ‘assume, disproportionately lower-salaried areas. ask what kind oF commitment Columbia feels to its female staff. A‘ snceinot evaluation was made by Minda nikmnn in a newspaper article entitled "women at Colombia: A Supporting Role." ‘"...The University. hews to the line.‘ women are administrative assistants for example, Awhile men are assistant directors of admissions. The work is the same ~~ only the titles, salaries, and fringe benefits are different: ...women with B.A.'s are systematically channeled into secretarial jobs, althoueh only a high school education is officially renuired by the personnel office. is to.eome in this report and a follow-up report, women at Columbia hereby serve notice to the University that we will no longer tolerate this hineqnity: ‘-.‘3t-*-e---ﬂ3:£.:1ci';:«a‘.'u«4onn»- -4-4-».». nIWl » . - V. 4' -~-- » :‘»'.A-.a.~‘.'- \ Very Few ion categories contain a near equal number of men. / In reviewing the data in this report, one nmst inevitably s10 On the basis of the information already presented and the data 9 ;poliey-making ﬁoh when one reaches the higher echelons of the manage- '10 En reading the statistics which follow (based on Columbia's 1969 report to the Office of Civil Rights, Contract Compliance Division, Department of Health, Education and welfare) one may observe that there is an uncanny affinity between the term "assistant" and the designation "female". Of course, the term "assistant" defines a ment pyramid at Columbia; in those cases, the designation is "male." The Village Voice, June U, 1970, p. 22.i This article was written following hearings by-the Columbia Senate on the Status of Women. Additional comments are as follows: "Barbara Wheeler, an administra- tive_assistant, made a survey wnirh disclosrd that the two men em- ployed as administrative assistants were in the Department of Physical Education. The only hign—pnying independent positions open to women are in such traditionally ‘female’ areas as artistic properties, public ccremonizs, placement, interior decorating, nursing... ...And when a young man applied for a job as a typist, the personnel office offered to train him in computer programming." .t§ \ _.,.. , ,_,.. _, .. ,..,,....,.. H .,....,.«.....,L-.t.. . ,.. . .....,.....,.....i.‘.....-:-«-viw.».._...>,..~..~..4... .