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A New Image in the Looking Glass: Faculty Mentoring, Invitational Rhetoric, and the Second-Class Status of Women in U.S. Academi

Carlo A. Pedrioli

This article maintains that because Title VII alone does not have the ability to further the progress women have made in academic hiring, retention, and promotion, looking to remedies in addition to Title VII will be advantageous in helping to improve the status of women in U.S. academia. The article suggests as an additional remedy the implementation of faculty mentoring opportunities for junior female faculty members. In presenting a case for such an approach, this article initially will identify the current problem by comparing women's presence and their salaries in U.S. academia in the early 1970s with their presence and salaries in academia today. Next, the article will evaluate the types of Title VII cases that the law allows plaintiffs to bring. In doing so, the article will highlight the heavy burden of showing discriminatory intent and also will critique previous suggestions for modifying Title VII. Finally, this article will justify faculty mentoring opportunities and invitational rhetoric as an additional approach to addressing the present status of women in U.S. academia.
  • Print Location Carlo A. Pedrioli, A New Image in the Looking Glass: Faculty Mentoring, Invitational Rhetoric, and the Second-Class Status of Women in U.S. Academia, 15 Hastings Women's L.J. 185 (2004).

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