The American Journal of Undergraduate Research has confirmed its acceptance to publish a Mount research article on gender disparities in the workplace. The article, Women in Higher Educational Leadership: Representation, Career Progression and Compensation, reports findings on the gender gap in the higher education field. Four Mount psychology students researched and wrote the report in an effort to shed light on the pervasive issue of the inequities that women endure in the nation’s workforce.
“Our article shows that women in higher education have fewer leadership positions, have slower progression in their careers, and experience significant differences in compensation levels compared to men in the same roles,” said Michelle Samuel, MSMU Assistant Professor of Psychology. “These findings speak to the larger issue of the systemic barriers that women continue to face in the workplace.”
The research students focused on gender disparities in the higher education field because of their ability to access data from the University of California Annual Payroll Compensation database. By obtaining this public data, the research students could analyze and report how women are represented, compensated and advance in higher education careers as compared to men. The research project’s aim is to leverage this data to provide documented evidence that gender inequality in the workplace does indeed exist.
“This article is noteworthy because it serves as a baseline data point,” said Samuel. “We hope to come back to this data in five years to compare figures and see if any real progress has been made.”
The American Journal of Undergraduate Research is a peer-reviewed journal registered by the Library of Congress. While the journal receives hundreds of submissions for publication each year, it has an acceptance rate of less than 20 percent. The journal is expected to publish the Mount’s research article this spring.