Women struggle to break through top pay ranks at UMass Amherst

Boston Globe
Deirdre Fernandes
February 24, 2021

No women were represented among the top 10 earners at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2019, pointing to a formidable pay ceiling at the state’s flagship public campus, according to a new report.

The following year it did only slightly better — adding one woman to the ranks.

UMass Amherst fared worse in achieving gender equity among its top earners than many of the country’s 130 public and private research institutions surveyed in the report released Wednesday by the Eos Foundation, a Massachusetts nonprofit group that focuses on women’s pay and power gaps.

“It’s a glass ceiling of money,” said Andrea Silbert, president of Eos. “Women have great degree attainment. … But they just can’t climb. The institutional barriers are so high, that they just don’t make it to the top.”

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