College raises salaries of 152 female faculty after gender wage gap report

Wilfrid Laurier University, located in Waterloo and Brantford, Ontario, increased the salaries of 152 women professors, Jeff Outhit reports for The Record

The administration worked with its faculty association to measure gender pay gaps. While comparing faculty salaries, researchers used statistical analysis to account for experience, rank, and discipline. Researchers found that female associate and full professors had lower salaries than their male counterparts "for uncertain reasons deemed historic and entrenched," Outhit writes.

Only associate and full professors will receive the raise, because school did not see a wage gap for assistant professors. The institution has been watching more closely for salary differences in recent years, when these entry-level professors started. "Gender equity with respect to wages and terms and conditions of employment is an important principle that Laurier must actively support," says the incoming president of Wilfrid Laurier University, Deborah MacLatchy.

Some other Canadian institutions have taken similar actions. The University of Waterloo issued pay raises to all 326 of its female faculty in September 2016 (Outhit, The Record, 5/9). 

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