Document 6R: Ginny Vanderslice, "When Will Cornell Comply?" Labor Pains, 1, no. 1 (August 1975), p. 11.

When will Cornell Comply?

   "The proportion of women faculty members in colleges and universities (excluding two-year institutions) has increased only 1.6% over the last ten years -- from 19.0% in 1962-63 to 20.6% in 1972-73," reports the Office of Education. Cornell is crawlalong at the same slow pace with only a 1% increase in women faculty in the last 5 years. At the level of full professor there is only one more woman than there was five years ago.

   In the area of non-faculty positions the status of women isn't much better. For example, all positions in the top two levels of administration are occupied by men, while 78% of the positions in the lowest levels are held by women. This isn't surprising when you consider the fact that Cornell's last Affirmative Action Plan did not even mention women!

   Cornell is currently preparing for a Compliance Review of its employment practices. The enforcment agencies, however, are not doing their jobs. In fact, the U.S. General Accounting Office has recently reported that it discovered a pattern of "almost non-existence of enforcement actions" that leads Government contractors to believe "that the compliance agencies do not intend to enforce" the regulations which prohibit employment discrimination. (N.Y. Times, 5/5/75)

   Well, that means only one thing. It's up to us. It's up to us to put Cornell on notice. Women at Cornell are already checking the facts and figures. We'll be watching and waiting to see that the status of women employees at Cornell is not overlooked.

by Ginny Vanderslice


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