Jayati Ghosh, Ph.D.
Dean of the Scott L. Carmona College of Business
Women’s History Month honors the achievement of women leaders. It is an opportunity to celebrate their work and inspire women to take bold steps towards advancing the causes they believe in and make contributions to any field they choose, from medicine to the arts.
My struggles have been to get equity in salary. Often women are offered lower salary than their male counterparts despite having similar credentials and experience. Once I became aware of this inequity, I have made other women aware of this to advocate for themselves.
4. As a woman in your position, how have you fought for equity in the workplace and for other women?
I am a strong advocate of salary equity. While I was teaching, I had discussions on this topic to make both female and male students aware of this situation. Male students who would be in managerial or leadership positions in the future should recognize the impact of the inequity on women’s lifelong earnings and can help to address the issue.
My daughter has been my role model. She is a young woman with strong conviction and a person of high integrity. The other person who was my role model was a professor I had in Canada who was a strong advocate for advancing women in leadership roles.
6. If you could have dinner with any woman figure dead or alive who would you choose and why?
I would have dinner with my mother, who always told my sister and me that we should pursue our dreams and not second-guess ourselves. Although she could not complete her college education, she supported us and gave my sister and me the same opportunities as my brothers.