Smith-Carrier on gender pay gap at Canadian universities

Tracy Smith-Carrier, a blonde woman with a big smile, stands outside with blurry green trees in the background.

Royal Roads’ Canada Research Chair in Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Assoc. Prof. Tracy Smith-Carrier and King’s University College, Western University Assoc. Prof. Marcie Penner co-authored an article in The Conversation Canada highlighting their recent research, concluding there are substantial, long-term impacts from the gender pay gap for faculty at Canadian universities.

Here is an excerpt:

“Recent research from our multidisciplinary team, which includes expertise in equity policy, political science and cognitive science with mathematical modelling, shows that over the course of a career and retirement, this pay gap leads to a difference of roughly half-a-million dollars.

“The gender pay gap for faculty in Canadian universities is significant and persistent. Women professors earn on average 10 per cent (or $10,500 per year) less than men for the same work.

This gender pay gap can result from bias in determining starting salaries and subsequent merit pay, from differing rates of promotion and from the punitive effects of parental and caregiving leave.”

Read the full article in The Conversation Canada.