23 Jan 2020

Female academic? Here's your lifetime pay gap

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 23 January 2020

Researchers from Canterbury University have found that an average female scientist at a New Zealand university earns $400,000 less than her male counterparts over her lifetime. It also found that something other than performance is holding women back from being promoted. Associate Professor Ann Brower and her team looked at salary bands and research performance scores for every academic researcher in New Zealand. Lynn Freeman talks to Dr Brower and University of Auckland's Associate Professor Nicola Gaston who wrote 'Why Science is Sexist' in 2015.

The research: Brower A, James A (2020) Research performance and age explain less than half of the gender pay gap in New Zealand universities is freely available.

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Photo: Ann Brower and Alex James of the University of Canterbury