PRSA gender-diversity expert Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR
, chair of PRSA's National Committee on Work, Life & Gender, had an op-ed published
in the April 15, 2011, edition of PRWeek
. The opinion piece
explores the state of gendered pay equity in public relations and the gender-diversity challenges the industry still faces.
From Gendered Pay Inequities to Paycheck Fairness
Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR
Published: April 15, 2011
In the early days of PR, men comprised the majority of practitioners in the field. Today, women are the majority, with recent studies placing the profession's female proportion between 60 and 80 percent.
Yet women in PR still earn less money than men. This is true even when things like years of professional experience, education, and organizational roles are taken into account.
On April 11, I presented research from PRSA's National Committee on Work, Life & Gender regarding the gendered pay gap in PR as part of a congressional lunch panel sponsored by the American Association of University Women. Other panelists included representatives from the legal, engineering, and academic communities. The good news, I suppose, is that women in PR are not alone in getting paid less than men.
Read the rest of the op-ed here.