"Columbia Women's Liberation, Report from the Committee on Discrimination Against Women Faculty" Barnard Alumnae Magazine, Spring 1970, page 6

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44% of their doctorates went to women; no full-time female faculty.

36% of their doctorates went to women; no female faculty.

English & Comparative Literature:

27% of their doctorates went to women; 4% (1 woman) of their tenured
faculty is female. i

26.6% of their doctorates went to women; in 1967-8 they had one female
assistant professor.


17% of their doctorates went to women; 2 women on their faculty.

17% of their doctorates went to women; no women faculty.

Public Law and Government:

16% of their doctorates went to women; they have one female instructor.
There are 35 men in the department, 26 of them full professors.

It will quickly be seen that only the Department of Art History and

Archeology hires women in numbers even close to the proportion of women

they train. We believe that women should be fairly represented at least in those

departments that attract a proportion of women in excess of 15 per cent.

Women should in fact be hired in all Departments.“

We realize that these figures do not prove that Columbia University 
has in the past discriminated or is new discriminating against women. Given
i these statistics, however, it will be difficult to disprove discrimination. An
l examination of the data does lead one to believe that some discrimination
i ‘must occur, for it is clear that the number of women who hold faculty positions
l is remarkably small, and is in most cases below the national average of labor
i available for that category. Here it is worth noting that the per cent of women
working in all institutions of Higher Education in the United States is 22
per ,cent.9 We believe that women are by and large excluded from the more
prestigious colleges and universities and must find employment instead in
teachers colleges, the smaller liberal arts colleges and junior colleges, where
in fact they can be found in proportions ranging from 34 per cent to 42 per cent.‘°

Undoubtedly it will be argued that academic women marry and drop out
of the labor market while their children are small at least. We would be
interested in figures based on Columbia’s past employment patterns that

In 1960 John Parrish studied the distribution and numbers of women faculty in
ten high endowment and ten high enrollment institutions of higher education
(“Women in Top Level Teaching and Research”, Journal of the American
Association of University Women, Vol. LV, 1962, Jan., pp. 103-109). Table 4- shows
their distribution by subject, varying from 93.1% of Home Economics faculty
to .2% of Engineering faculty. Columbia was among the high endowment
institutions studied. The percent of women faculty by rank in the eight institutions
with high endowment who responded to the questionnaire in 1960 was:
Full Professor —— 2.6%; Associate Professor —--— 7.5% ; Assistant Professor —
 8.5%; Instructor —- 9.8%. With Barnard excluded, Columbizr’s current faculty
i’ enrollment shows a lower percentage of women at all ranks than Parrish’s 1960 study.
9 Scully, “Women in Higher Education,” p. 2. The median salary of women in
Higher Education was 16.5% less than that of men in 1965-6 and 18% less in 1968.
lojessie Bernard, Academic Women, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1964-,
provides many useful statistics on the distribution of women in American institutions
of higher education.