Report on Female Staff Discrimination at Columbia University, February 1971, page 23

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il. there is a time when the g§_facto absence or virtual absence of women faculty ;

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Vnnst be construed as Q9 facto discrimination. ,.,,H


happy one at Co1umbia;b

Stating that her personal experience has been a

the speaker attributed her situation in a very large part to good fortune—andlif

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to her association with firstrate scientists. "The firstarate do not need to¢g,-

holster themselves and their positions by disparaging others, whether women or -



Speakers concerned with the status of administrative staff and the possibilities h

of women entering into the middle and upper eschelons of administaation at the

University generally agreed on the need for open recruiting, puhlished salaryo

hiilevels and job openings, more open channels for promotion, and an inquiry into.

Vthe nature of the more popular administrative job categories "assistant",

“administrative assistant",“executive secretary“, “assistant to". More detailed ,“

questions are appended to this report:

done speaker asserted that there are women (e.g. departmental adniniutxau

f"t1vo assistants) who are capable of higher administrative responsibility than'they:!
7— new exercise; Stating that their competence and talent contrasts sharply with7jf:g
up that of come men in the administration, the speaker referred particularly to

{,the Controller's Office, to Government éontract, and to the Purchasing Departments{i_

‘; “loan not peraonnaly aware of any efforts to prevent omen from taking appoint»
n to_seek higher administrative

lj manta, but no efifort is made to encourage wome

L‘positions, neither hy invitations to apply for positions as they oocur,‘nor by

;f°‘the provisions of specific training in business administration, etc, to_he1p preufo

~,.:e‘:n¢m for positions of higher rank. It is curious coment that while not_a11 yp

‘ w;fisuistant Professors at Columbia University are promoted, nonetheless, the faculty’

.i;does consider Departmental Assistant Professors for promotion before it looks elso;i

flyuhere. The administration does not generally appear to consider the potential