"Columbia Women's Liberation, Report from the Committee on Discrimination Against Women Faculty" Barnard Alumnae Magazine, Spring 1970, page 4

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          varying from an average of over $5,500 at the full professor level to $1,765
at assistant professor level.‘
Columbia Full Professor: $22,540 average compensation
Barnard Full Professor: $16,892 average compensation
Columbia Associate Prof.: $14,909 average compensation
Barnard Associate Prof.: $12,188 average compensation -
Columbia Assistant Prof.: $11,486 average compensation
_ Barnard Assistant Prof.: $9,721 average compensation
It should be noted that not only the absolute but also the percentage
differential in compensation between Barnard and Columbia increases with rank.
These salary differences do not measure relative excellence but rather punish
those engaged in the education of women. They are a direct reflection of the
value society places on women’s education and on women’s role in society.
We suggest it is urgent that Barnard bring salaries up to the level of those
at Columbia in order to prevent further penalization of Barnard’s faculty.
Statistics for the Graduate Faculties of Columbia, the division responsible
for training graduate students and granting degrees, show a startling contrast
between the percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women and the
percentage of women employed full-time, especially in tenured positions. The
rise in percentages of doctorates awarded to women may mean that more women
are going on to a .Ph.D. after completing the MA program than used to be
the case. Investigation is needed in this area. Thirty-eight per cent of current
graduate students are women.

DOCTORATES AWARDED

1956-7 1960-61 1964-65 1966-67 1967-8
Female 11 39 75 88 99
' Male 229 300 369 298 307
% Female 4.6% 11.5% 16.9% 22.8% 24.3%

As the table shows, the proportion of Columbia doctorates awarded to women
has risen steadily from 4.6 per cent to 24 per cent in a decade. The percentage
of women with tenure in the Graduate Faculties has, however, remained
steady at just over 2 per cent since 1957.

TENURED FACULTY IN -THE GRADUATE FAGULTXES7
1957-58 1958-59 1959-60 1965-66 1966-67 1968-69

Female 7 8 7 9 9 8
Male 287 318 298 348 370 367
% Female 2.4% 2.4% 2.6% 2.5% 2.3% 2.1%

In recent years this meager percentage has even suffered a decline.

VVe think that it is essential for Columbia University to hire more women
in the Graduate Faculties, particularly since it is clear that to do so requires
no sacrifice of standards. We are puzzled by the Graduate Faculties’
commitment to train women, but not to hire them. We know from experience
as students and teachers that it is vital for women students in graduate
school to see women engaged in the academic profession as naturally
as men are. At present, many/vs/omen students will never have any contacts
with such role models, or,will meet so few that they become used to the idea
of women as exceptions in the more demanding areas of the academic world.
Students will not be unaware either that most of the tenured women they

AAUP Bulletin 1968. Compensation is defined as salary plus fringe benefits.
7 Part-time and visiting appointments are excluded, as are cross-listed appointments.

BARNARD ALUMNAE / SPRING 1970 / 15

Graduate Faculties and the