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Gender/Salary Imbalances Still Prevalent at Cal Poly, Report Says

Gender/Salary Imbalances Still Prevalent at Cal Poly, Report Says


There’s been an improvement in the gender balance at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), but men outnumber women 4-to-1 among the university’s top paid staff, an analysis by The Tribune shows.

Women account for just 16 of 81 employees who were paid at least $100,000 each in 2004, the newspaper said.

University administrators said there have been improvements in recent years but such disparities are expected because of the technical nature of programs at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

But the head of the university’s faculty union said more should be done to attract and promote more women to top positions.

“When female students come in, they need to have role models among faculty and high-ranking employees. It’s difficult to encourage female students to reach their highest potential because we’re sending them the wrong message: If you’re female, you’re not going to make it to the top,” Manzar Foroohar said.

Cal Poly Provost Robert Detweiler agreed the university needs to do more.

“I think we should have more balance and we have been trying to do better,” Detweiler said. “With Cal Poly’s program, it’s less likely we’re going to find a woman to lead the engineering, architecture and agriculture colleges simply because they’ve been grossly underrepresented in those fields.”

— Associated Press

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