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February 2005
Vol. 6, no. 2

Perspectives on Labour and Income

The rising profile of women academics
Deborah Sussman and Lahouaria Yssaad

  • Close to 11,000 women were full-time faculty members of Canadian universities in 2002-03, accounting for 30% of all full-time faculty—a notable improvement from 20% only twelve years earlier.
  • Women strengthened their presence during the period in both traditional and non-traditional disciplines and made notable gains in tenure status and academic rank.
  • Women's median salaries remain below those of their male colleagues, although the gap generally narrows when rank and field of study are taken into account.

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Deborah Sussman and Lahouaria Yssaad are with the Labour and Household Surveys Analysis Division. Deborah Sussman can be reached at (613) 951-4226, Lahouaria Yssaad at (613) 951-0627 or both at

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