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University of Manitoba Slammed in Study For Sexist Faculty Hiring & Promotion Practices (PTers Overwhelmingly Female)

By Nick Martin

Three University of Manitoba professors have launched a scathing attack on their university for employing far more male than female professors and for allegedly paying women less than men.

The study, “Ten Years After: Sex and Salaries at a Canadian University,” was published last month by the journal Canadian Public Policy, and written by U of M economics professors Laura Brown and Elizabeth Troutt, and sociology professor Susan Prentice.

signThe study compares U of M faculty in 1993 and 2003 — and though the data are eight years old, Brown argued that the study shows the need for the university to track and publish each professor’s starting salary and record of promotion, so that up-to-date comparisons are possible.

Women are slowly gaining among the faculty, Brown said in an interview, but, “I would call the pace glacial. Society is still overwhelmingly sexist. There’s a huge problem with data availability — if the data were available, both the university and the union would have their feet to the fire,” Brown said.

But U of M says there are a lot of problems with the professors’ study, not least of which is using figures from eight years ago.

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