The Economic Status of Women: A Reappraisal
Recent publications have argued that (1) differences in performance of men and women in university faculties account for most or all of the existing differences in rank and salary, (2) faculty wives receive preferential treatment in order to attract their husbands, and (3) affirmative action is potentially harmful to the quality of universities. This study, conducted on a large research-oriented campus, finds (1) support for the hypothesis that performance is in part a function of rewards, (2) no evidence that faculty wives are rewarded more highly than other women, and (3), quality, as measured by publications, appears to have increased since affirmative action was introduced.
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