In this month’s issue of The Scientist, the authors present 2013’s Salary Survey of the life-sciences, revealing differences in geographic location, career position, speciality, and, most importantly to us, gender. Despite the introduction of the Equal Pay Act, differences presented in salary are still present in the career of the life-sciences Scientista, even for equivalent occupations and productivity.
So the question to be asked is, why? One explanation given, is that less women reach higher-level positions than men, but the data proves otherwise, leading to more questions. The article writes that it’s actually quite the opposite, showing that the gender gap is even more prevalent at higher-level positions.
“While female and male life-science graduate students surveyed by The Scientist made about the same amount of money, female associate professors earn around $24,000 less per year than male associate professors, and female full professors make an average of $26,000 less than males.”
Can you imagine making 24k less than a completely “equal” counterpart? It’s been nearly a decade since the introduction of the Equal Pay Act, and it’s undoubtably difficult to prove if we’ve made any progress in this matter. Gender differences prove to be a constant nuisance to the Scientista.
More information can be found here.
"In this year’s survey, for example, male respondents in the U.S. reported an average total income of around $111,000 per year, while their female counterparts averaged just $77,000 in annual pay."
Palmer, Chris and Yandell, Kate. "2013 Life Sciences Salary Survey." The-Scientist.com. LabX Media Group. 1 Nov. 2013. Web. 23 Nov. 2013.
Hello Scientistas, I am excited to announce our new Twitter page for the Drexel Scientista chapter! With this account, I hope to form connections with other chapters, and gain more Scientistas to our chapter. I am hoping that through social media the news of our organization will spread and more people learn what the Scientista Foundation is and what we want to offer to women in STEM. Please feel free to browse our feed. The feed will contain a variety of posts that I hope readers will enjoy.
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Hello, my name is Brenda, and to start, I'd like to say that as the first campus ambassador for Drexel U., I would like to welcome and thank you for visiting this blog and taking interest in the Scientista Foundation! I am not only ecstatic to bring the Scientista Foundation to Drexel, but also optimistic for what the Foundation will bring to the women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). You will soon see how the Scientista Foundation supports, encourages, and guides individuals throughout their stay at Drexel.
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