Date Approved

6-30-2004

Embargo Period

5-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Public Relations

Department

Public Relations & Advertising

College

College of Communication & Creative Arts

First Advisor

Bagin, Don

Subject(s)

New Jersey Public Relations Society of America; Public relations--New Jersey--Evaluation; Sex role in the work environment--New Jersey; Women executives--New Jersey

Disciplines

Public Relations and Advertising

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to determine the climate of New Jersey Public Relations Society of America, 2004. The researcher sought to find logical alternatives to the much-touted theory of the "glass ceiling," that many researchers blame for salary differential between the genders. E-mail surveys were distributed to research salary, title, industry, experience, etc.

Although NJPRSA men and women have much in common, not everything is mutual. The average male is older and more experienced. Overall female dominance continues in the trade, including in two of the three highest-paying industries. Most respondents were in management positions; however, men occupy more executive level management positions, and females skew toward in-department administration.

Respondents distinguished feelings that women often sacrifice career for family, but existence of gender discrimination was nearly unanimously denied. Comments indicate no prejudice against the success of diligent women who prioritize their career. Simply stated, the salary gap results from unequal skill comparison between men and women.

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