Report on Female Staff Discrimination at Columbia University, February 1971, page 14

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retained his University title of Assistant to the Dean
and I retained mine of Administrative Assistant;“ My
salary was $7,000; his was $10,000 with a prospective:
raise to $10,500. It is my understanding that he did not
-receive the raise because it was mutually agreed that _ _
the job was not suited to him, nor he to the job." (33) },
Position: Administration Aide Education: M,A_ expected;,

    
   
   
    
  
   
   
   
  
  
   
   
  
  
   

 

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Lack of opportunities for advancement were the complaint of?
fourteen women, many of whom are clearly over-qnalified«forf
their positions. One department has had men placed in it
by the central administration to "be groomed"; :when the‘ 4
department head asked about grooming.women, she was told that“
"...except for administration assistants and the like, women ‘_
cannot be of aswmxeh value as a man...“ (20) '” ' -5"“

  

”...in my own office, the female assoriate director has been
here 30 years, the male direetor less than 2 -— and he came
from outside the University...” Q 7: ’
Position: Clerk-tygist ' Education: BA + some graduate worgl

UIASED AT?ITUnE9

Biased attitudes toward women on the part of staff or supervisors
'were noted by eighteen women filling out questionnaires,'inelud—"3
.ing several who complained about being asked to bring }Na¢h\0r
make tea for male staff members. ' M A

"The_supervisor asked secretaries to serve tea at meetings for pr
other staff. The wonen said they were too busy. The supervisor ‘T
refused to ask a male staff member to do this during a hreak in_
the meeting and said that it was traditional that women secre-
taries do this." (8) y ' ‘

Position: Secretary— Education: R.A,4 Phi Beta Kappa

."The male sorretary has...until recently rrfused to share in

y teIePhonn relief for the switrhhoard operator and has con-

‘ sistently worked shorter hours than anyone else in the office
usually about 25-30 a week, while we earn 85% of what he does
for the same job." (#7) -
Position: Secretary Education: all credits for B.A. except

nvnar DISCRIMINAFION

Eleven different women were'told that they would have heen
treated dilferent1y on the ioh had they been men, including
one woman who was told she would have been offered a vacant
top-level administrative post if she were a man. (1)

MISCELLANEOUS
y(_fi' ' Several categories received small but thoughtful responses.
b , _ Nnpotism practices kept three women from obtaining or keeping
iar,V " jobs of their choice. Three women complained about the

maternity leave policy at Colunmia and four wrote that lack of

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