"Columbia Women's Liberation, Report from the Committee on Discrimination Against Women Faculty" Barnard Alumnae Magazine, Spring 1970, page 7

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          substantiate such claims. Other studies have shown that the more training

a woman receives and the better her job, the more likely she is to remain in
full—time employment, even if she has children.“ Academic women are also
more likely to remain single than other women, and to have small families
when they do marry.” A trained woman is also financially in a position to
hire domestic and child-care help for those tasks she wishes to delegate.
Granted these observations, we suspect any explanation of the position of
women in academic life that relies too heavily on the conditions of their supply
rather than on the conditions of the market’s demand for them.

Recommendations

Given the findings of this report, we call upon the university, perhaps
through the Senate, to undertake four tasks:

1. to prepare a full study of the status of women faculty in the university, using
sources that were not available to us, e.g. salaries. Half at least of the persons
concerned with that study should be women.

2. to declare its unequivocal support of the right of women to equal employment
opportunities and equal pay compared with those of men of comparable
qualifications and ability. Such a declaration will mean the hiring of
more women at all ranks in all divisions and a review of their salaries.

3. to engage in intelligent discussions of child care and paid leave for child
birth, available to all employees of the university, whether faculty,
administration or staff.

4-. to invite submission of reports of alleged discrimination to a Committee on
Employment Practices, and further to have such a Committee initiate
investigations into the ‘hiring patterns that may be discerned in various
departments and divisions of the university.

This report was prepared by Rachel DuPlessis [Rachel Blau ’63] Preceptor,

English;.Linda Edwards, graduate student, Economics; Ann Sutherland Harris, ,

Assistant Professor, Art History 8: Archeology; Kate Millett, Instructor,
Philosophy (Barnard); and Harriet Zellner, graduate student, Economics.
Joan Mitchell collected the catalogues. Cl

“ See note 3. See also Evelyne Sullerot, Histoire et Sociologie du Travail Feminin,
Editions Gonthicr, Paris, 1968, pp. 300-302. Columbia University does not own
this book, the best comprehensive study of women and work published to date.
Sullerot (p. 318) also cites French studies that show absenteeism among women
lessens in inverse proportion to the degree of education they have received, and that
level of education is a more important factor than either marriage or the arrival
of children.

'9 Women and the Scientific Professions, p. 75 and Womrlnjzower, National Manpower
Council, New York, 1957, p. 75. }essie Bernard also notices this factor.

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Appendix _ .
Faculty by Ram/e and Sex,
1969-70

Columbia College,
Bamzzrcl College
Grmlzmte Faculties,
General Studies

Ratio of Per Cent
Women to Men Women
Columbia College

Full Professors 2 1/125 Under 1%
Associate Prof. 0/50 0
Assistant Prof. 7/88 7.3
Instructor 14/61' 18 ,
Preceptor 15/38 28;
Barnard College

Full Professor 9/31 22
Associate Prof. 16/29 54-
Assistant Prof. 24/33 74-
Instructor 11/20 55
General Studies

Full Professor 3/45 6
Associate Prof. 3/37 7.5
Assistant Prof. 17/71 19
Instructor 12/25 32
Graduate Faculties

Full Professor 6/324 1
Associate Prof. 2/73 2.6
Assistant Prof. 6/42 12.5

Instructor 2/4 66

Assistant, Associate and Full Professors With
Ph.D.s Granted Between 1960 and 1970 by
Sex (Barnard Excluded as Dates of Ph.D.s
Not Given by Catalogues).

Male Female
Asst. Prof. 91 (47%) 24- (96%)
Assoc. Prof 74 (38%) 1 (4%)
Full Prof. 30 (15%) 0 (0%)
195 (100%) 25 (100%)

If women faculty with Ph.D.s granted in
the 19505 were distributed in the three ranks
as men faculty are now, there would be 3
female full professors, 9 female associate prof-
essors and 13 female assistant professors. The
average date of the Ph.D. awarded to the
women in the assistant professor category is
1965; of the men 1966. Well over 50 per
cent of the men with 1964- and 1963 Ph.D.s
are associate professors; none of the women
in that category have been promoted.