The Commission

The mission of the President's Commission on the Status of Women is to insure that UNH creates equal educational and employment opportunities for women of the UNH community, promoting an environment free of sexism and discrimination through policy, advocacy and education.  The commission achieves its goals by recommending policies that improve the status of women and ensure an environment of equal education and employment opportunities for women to the President and the Associate Vice President of the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity.

The Commission will collaborate and develop alliances with existing organizations and governance structures within the university community including the Community, Equity and Diversity Advisory Council for the purpose of promoting an environment free of sexism and discrimination.  They will also seek to inform the university community of the status of women on the UNH campus by collecting and disseminating data, initiating and supporting educational outreach programs, and by providing informational and educational programs and materials to help women on the UNH campus develop their skills, continue their education, and increase their networking opportunities.

The Commission was established in February 15, 1972, to explore conditions and attitudes within the University of New Hampshire, relating to the mobility and functional equality of women.

Annual Reports - Women's Commission

Functions of the UNH Women's Commission

  • Collect Information on the status of women in the UNH community, including salary, hiring, enrollment, and retention data.
  • Recommend policies to the President and other university administrators to improve the status of women and ensure an environment of equal educational and employment opportunities.
  • Consult with other UNH offices and organizations, faculty, staff, and students to help accomplish the institution's commitment to improve the status of women.
  • Provide education and programs to help women develop their skills and continue their education, increase networking among women, and inform the university community of issues relating to the status of women.
  • Report annually to the President on its activities, findings, and recommendations.

An Overview of the Status of Women on the UNH Campus

Historical chronology of Women on UNH Campus from 1890-2002 (Click here)

A summary of the general status of women on this campus follows:

Much progress in the status of women in higher education has been made since 1972.

The commission continues to focus on the following concerns:

  • Most women still major in traditionally "female" fields and prepare for traditionally "female jobs," despite a marked increase in the number of women in medical, law, and graduate schools.
  • National research indicates women undergraduates feel less confident about their preparation for graduate school than men attending the same institution.
  • National research indicates women experience a decline in academic and career aspirations during their college years.
  • Women's salaries in academe remain lower than those of men with comparable training and experience. Nationally, female academics earn about 85 percent of the salary earned by their male counterparts.
  • Only about 10 percent of full professors nationwide are women and fewer than six percent of UNH full professors. The higher the rank, the more prestigious the institution or discipline, the fewer the women.

Consistent efforts to achieve equality remains absolutely crucial if men and women on campus, studying or working side by side, are to achieve similar educational and employment experiences.

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