Gender and Grad Studies at UPEI

Gender Gap at UPEI

CBC wrote an article about an interview with Dr. Kathy Gottschall-Pass, acting dean of science at UPEI, where Dr. Gottschall-Pass revealed that 38% of UPEI’s full-time academic staff are women.  She also noted that if you look closely and more deeply at the age of full-time academic staff, you see a male to female ratio of 1:1 for those under the age of 50, and a male to female ratio of 2:1 for those over 50.  She stated, quite optimistically, that UPEI will mend the gender gap within the next 15 years or so.

With that said, academics and researchers are curious about what is happening for women between graduation (from graduate programs) and career–is it parenthood (and the work that comes with it)? marginalization? bias? pay gap? (e.g., Baker, 2012; Dryfhour & Estes, 2010; Jakubiec, 2015; Rhoads & Rhoads, 2012; Sanders, Willemsen, & Miller, 2009; Ward & Wolf-Wendel, 2012).  Since 1993/1994, the percentage of women enrolling in doctoral programs and earning doctorates has been steadily increasing (Statistics Canada, 2011).

Gender and Graduate Studies at UPEI

At UPEI, we have 537 graduate students.

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Of these 537 graduate students, 167 are men and a whopping 370 are women. MF Breakdown, Grad Studies UPEI May 2017

Broken down even further, among master’s students, 135 are men and 332 are women.  Among phds, 32 are men and 38 are women. meta-chart-1

Okay, okay, I am curious now.  What is our break-down among disciplines? meta-chart (1)-1

I am not entirely surprised.  In 2011, among the degree holders in Canada (aged 25-64), 47% of doctorates and 58% of master’s degrees were awarded to women.  Even in the US, women are earning the majority of doctoral degrees.

My take away from this?  There are many women available for hire who have graduate degrees in Canada.  I will personally be interested in how UPEI mends the gap in hiring over the next decade.

Brittany Jakubiec


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