First-Ever Study of Top Earners At America’s Elite Universities Shows Women of Color Almost Nonexistent

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By Staff
February 25, 2021

Research examines top 10 earners at 130 schools: Women are 24%, women of color just 2.5%

When it comes to narrowing the power and pay gaps by improving diversity among top-compensated employees, the nation’s elite universities have a lot of work to do, as women make up less than a quarter of top earners at these institutions and women of color are nearly nonexistent. That is according to a first-of-its kind study by the Women’s Power Gap Initiative (WPG) at the Eos Foundation, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The study, The Power Gap among Top Earners at America’s Elite Universities, examines gender, race, and ethnicity among ten most highly compensated employees at each of the nation’s 130 major research institutions. The report found only 11 colleges and universities (8.4%) have gender parity when it comes to top earners while just two institutions have attained racial/ethnic parity. Eight schools have no women among their top earners. The report is available via this link on the Women’s Power Gap Initiative’s website.


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