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When posed the statement “my research is valued by faculty in my department,” women of color (69.7 percent) were less likely to agree than white men (79.3 percent) and Asian men (83.3 percent). To the statement “I have to work harder to be perceived as a legitimate scholar,” women of color (79.1 percent) were more likely to agree than white women (66.6 percent), white men (52.4 percent), and men of color (60.1 percent). Regarding satisfaction with compensation and work (a measure that includes salary, benefits, work load, and teaching load), women of color reported the lowest satisfaction of people in all groups at the full professor level and lowest (together with men of color) at the associate professor level, and were in the middle of the pack at the assistant professor and lecturer levels.


Figure 4. Mean Faculty Satisfaction with Compensation and Work.
Source: HERI Faculty Survey. Presented by S. Hurtado at the Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia Conference, June 2012, Washington, D.C.

Faculty in STEM fields

STEM fields exhibit significant gender differences as well. Women of color share many experiences with all other women; however, women of color report lower work satisfaction, less respect, and some discrimination. Hurtado suggested that possible solutions include salary equity studies, professional development support, and departmental support for advancement.

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