It’s a well-known fact that pay inequities exist in society, but what really burns is when you consider their cumulative effects over time.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Marcie Penner of King’s University College and Tracy Smith-Carrier of Royal Roads University share their multidisciplinary research examining gender pay gaps for faculty in Canadian universities.

Their team, with expertise in equity policy, political science and cognitive science with mathematical modelling, showed that over the course of a career and retirement, a gender pay gap leads to a difference of roughly half-a-million dollars.

And, “given that the gender pay gap for racialized women professors is double that of their non-racialized women counterparts, it follows that racialized women professors face larger lifetime salary and pension gaps” than what their study calculated for women professors overall.

Their story offers ideas about what universities can do to address such gaps that are truly jaw-dropping when you consider the long term.

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All the best.

Susannah Schmidt

Education + Arts Editor

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Gender pay gap: It’s roughly half-a-million dollars for women professors across a lifetime

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