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51% #1631: The Legacy Of Women's Suffrage In New York; Women In Science

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

On this week’s 51%, it’s one big history lesson. First, during this year that marks the 100th anniversary of guaranteeing women’s right to vote, a professor talks about women who deserve more of the limelight, and Gilles Malkine has profile of a woman in science.

Faculty members at the State University of New York at New Paltz have published a book about the legacy of women’s suffrage in New York during a year marking the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, prohibiting states and the federal government from denying the right to vote based on sex. A few of the college’s history and political science professors are among the contributors. One contributor in particular contends that there’s more to the suffrage movement than the likes of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The U.S. Department of Labor and Princeton University have reached agreement to resolve pay disparities for professors, specifically to resolve allegations of paying women less. While not admitting liability in the investigation, Princeton University agreed to an early resolution conciliation agreement. Princeton University has agreed to pay $925,000 in back pay and at least $250,000 in future salary adjustments to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination by the Labor Department. Findings by the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs showed that – between 2012 and 2014 – there were pay disparities for 106 female employees in the full professor position. Princeton University agreed to take steps to ensure its compensation practices meet legal requirements and conduct statistical analyses to determine if any significant disparities exist against female full professors. Princeton also agreed to conduct pay equity training for all individuals involved in compensation decisions for full professors, including the consideration of factors that may result in pay disparities. 

In early October, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of a method for genome editing. They made history as the first all-woman team to receive a Nobel Prize in science. They hope it will inspire a new generation of women in science. Gilles Malkine brings us a profile of another Nobel Prize winner, from his Women in History series. 

Gilles Malkine is a writer, musician, actor, composer, and advocate for people with disabilities. He lives in upstate New York. His Women in History series contains essays that depict the lives and accomplishments of women who made a difference against significant odds.

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Tina Renick for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio

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