ERIC Number: EJ1080941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Does the Gender Wage Gap Exist at Riverside Community College District?
Brown, Jami; Casolari, Amber
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2015 n1 2015
The gender wage gap in the United States is a well-documented social and economic phenomenon. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 has done little to bring parity between men's and women's wages. Existing data show a relationship between race, age, geography, immigration, education, and women's pay status. This study analyzes wage disparity within higher education, specifically among the faculty at Riverside City College in Riverside, California. A transparent hiring process and salary schedule have reduced the gender wage gap to 1% at Riverside City College, compared to the 6-14% reported national average among faculty in higher education. Even though the gender wage gap is small, gender discrimination and gender bias are evident when the number of women in positions of authority is examined. Another indicator of gender inequity at Riverside City College is the high percentage of men teaching in STEM disciplines compared to women teaching in those disciplines.
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Salary Wage Differentials, Community Colleges, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, College Faculty, Sex Fairness, Gender Discrimination, Gender Bias, STEM Education, Educational Attainment, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Equal Pay Act 1963