"Women in Science" series continues March 25

Women in Science: A History of Higher Education Salaries and Other Factors in Relation to Gender

Monday, March 25th
4:00 pm
Weber Reading Room – Main Library

In honor of Women’s History Month, Dr. Rhonda Magel, chair of the NDSU Statistics Department, will be giving a talk about the gap between male and female salaries in higher education. Dr. Magel will be presenting some past studies that have been done in relation to gender inequality in higher education as well as current research being conducted on the topic. In addition, as a member of Advance FORWARD, a group dedicated to the advancement of women faculty, Dr. Magel will speak about women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.

NDSU is a science-focused university with programs in biological, physical, and health sciences, which have a long history of being dominated by male students, but certain programs are changing. For example, the Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences program is now principally female. On the other hand, Engineering, Architecture, Agriculture, Science and Math still see primarily male enrollment. Even this spring semester, enrollment in the College of Engineering and Architecture was 85% male and only 15% female. With the rise of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1960s, there is a misconception that women already have equality in the workplace. NDSU is no different, and this presentation strives to educate students, staff and faculty about this issue.