“We can’t, as women of color, network and mentor our way out of this problem entirely,” she said. “There have to be structural changes that occur on top of that for any of this to change.”
Exactly. This is not just a question of self-advocacy; it’s a matter of policy and practice by the institutions themselves. Women and faculty of color should not have to ASK for equitable pay–it should be offered up front. Take the average salary of all white men in the same jobs and start your salary offers there.
The idea of offering a salary that is “competitive” or “commensurate with experience” implies that opportunities to compete have been equal for all candidates, or that their past salaries have, in fact, been commensurate with their experience and abilities. Why not offer a salary range that is “equitable and negotiable” instead?
Megan Zahneis. “Women of Color in Academe Make 67 Cents for Every Dollar Paid to White Men.” Chronicle of Higher Education. June 11, 2018.
Jasper McChesney. “Representation and Pay of Women of Color in the Higher Education Workplace.” A CUPA-HR Research Brief. College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. 2018.