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April 13, 2011

PRSA Gender Diversity Expert Discusses PR's Pay Gap with AAUW's 'Dialog Blog'

Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR, chair of PRSA's National Committee on Work, Life & Gender, recently spoke with "Dialog," a publication of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), where she discussed her pariticpation in an April 11 Capitol Hill panel that explored gendered pay discrepancies in the professional services.

An excerpt of her interview is below:

How did you get involved in this issue, and what are your future plans?
I got into research on the gender pay gap in public relations because my women mentors in the professoriate put me on the National Committee on Work, Life, and Gender for the Public Relations Society of America. Today, I chair the committee, and I inherited the legacy of gender research that is part of the committee’s ongoing work. My goal is to be a responsible steward of the research until I can pass on the legacy to a next-generation scholar on the committee.
What’s the most striking statistic or story you’ve heard about the pay gap?
Early research on the pay gap in public relations estimated that there was a $1 million penalty over the course of a career for being a woman and not a man. I’m sure that this figure would be much higher today, adjusted for inflation and longer lifespans.

Read the rest of the interview here.

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