Why does UD need a Women's Center?

Why Women's Center?

Our name is a little misleading. While we are the Women's Center, that does not mean that we exclusively serve women. The Women's Center is open to all students, faculty, and staff who want to think about the ways in which gender intersects and impacts our lives.

Why not a Men's Center?

As a group, men have not been systematically denied access, faced gender oppression, or had to fight for equal rights based on gender or because of their status as men. However, this does not mean that men have not suffered because of our gender system or that individual men have not experienced cruelty and violence as a result of cultural issues related to misogyny, masculinity and gender expression. Women on the other hand, have historically experienced, and in many cases continue to experience, discrimination in areas such as representation, employment and salary equity. Men as part of other disenfranchised identity groups have had to fight for some of these rights, but not because they are men: in these cases the fight has been about race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, for example.

So why do we need a Women's Center at UD? Here are a few reasons...


UD Representation
  • Women make up 47% of full-time undergraduate students at UD – 3,892 out of a total 8,226 undergraduate students. 
  • Women of color make up 5% of undergraduate students at UD – 399 students out of a total of 8,226 undergraduate students.
  • International women make up 3% of undergraduate students at UD – 251 students out of a total of 8,226 undergraduate students. 
  • Women make up 49% of graduate students at UD – 1,141 students out of a total 2,318 graduate students.
  • Women constitute 42% of the total number of faculty. There are 222 women full-time instructional faculty compared to 313 men.
  • There are 32 women of color who are full-time instructional faculty, or less than 7% of the total number of faculty. For comparison, there are 55 men of color who are full-time instructional faculty, or less than 11% of the total number of faculty.
  • Of the 222 women full-time instructional faculty, 41% have tenure, while 59% are non-tenured or hold non-tenure track positions. Of the 313 men full-time instructional faculty, 65% have tenure, while 35% are non-tenured or hold non-tenure track positions. Tenure guarantees academic freedom and the right not to have his or her position terminated without just cause.
  • 6 of 35 current members of the UD Board of Trustees are women, up 1 women from the 2015/2016 academic year.
  • 8 of 25 current UD Vice Presidents/Associate Provosts are women.
  • There have been 0 women presidents at the University of Dayton.
Statewide PoliticalRepresentation
  • 7 out of 33 Ohio State Senators are women.
  • 27 out of 99 Ohio House Representatives are women. 
National Representation
  • 20 out of 100 U.S. Senators are women. 
  • 1 of the total 100 U.S. Senators is a woman of color. The Democratic representative from Hawaii is the lone woman of color in the U.S. Senate. 
  • 84 out of 435, or less than 20% of U.S. Representatives are women. 
  • 32 out of 435, or about 7% U.S. Representatives are women of color. 
  • 6 out of 50 state governors are women. The states who currently have women governors are New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Rhode Island, and Oregon.  
  • Only 3 women have ever been nominated as a Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate by a major political party in the United States: Hillary Clinton (P) by the Democratic party in 2016, Sarah Palin (VP) by the Republican party in 2008, and Geraldine Ferraro (VP) by the Democratic party in 1984. 
Representation in the Workforce
  • Women make up 47% of the general workforce.
  • Women make up 75% of those employed in education and health service industries, but only constitute 14.6% of executive officers and 12.4% of board directors within these same industries. 
  • Less than 20% of women are employed in the engineering field.
  • Less than 10% of women are employed in the construction industry. Of the 10% in the construction industry, 5% are in office or administrative roles.
  • 40% of management positions are held by women. Of that 40%, 11.9% are women of color.
  • 21, or 4.2% of CEO positions in Fortune 500 companies are held by women. Some of the companies that are led by women are General Motors, Pepsi Co, IBM, and CST Brands.
  • 20% of board seats in Fortune 500 companies are held by women.

Sources:  UD Fact Book, UD Office of the President, Fortune 500Center for Women & Politics of OhioCenter for Women & American Politics Bureau of Labor Statistics (all data current as of 09/2016)


  • Nationwide, women on average earn 79 cents to every dollar men earn.
  • White women earn 78 cents to every dollar men earn.
  • African American women earn 63 cents to every dollar men earn.
  • Hispanic American women earn 54 cents to every dollar men earn.
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Island women earn 62 cents to every dollar men earn.
  • Asian American women earn 90 cents to every dollar men earn.
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native women earn 59 cents to every dollar men earn.
  • Women make up 63% of the minimum wage workers.
  • The median weekly earning for women is $744 compared to men at $909.
  • Over the course of a lifetime, the average woman makes $500,000 less than the average man.
  • Women in same-sex partnerships have a median personal income of $38,000, compared to $47,000 for men in same-sex partnerships and $48,000 for men in heterosexual partnerships.

Sources:  National Committee on Pay Equity, AAUW, U.S. Department of Labor (all data current as of 09/2016)

Self Image

  • 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States struggle daily with disordered eating.
  • Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their body image. 
  • 69% of girls ages 10 to 18 confirm that photographs of models and celebrities in magazines inspire their desired body shape.
  • 58% of college-aged girls feel pressure to be a certain weight. 
  • Approximately 80% of those who suffer from bulimia are women and girls.
  • Over 40% of women and about 20% of men say they would consider cosmetic surgery in the future. The statistics remain relatively constant across gender, age, marital status, and race.
  • Approximately 90-95% of those who suffer from anorexia are women and girls.

Sources:  Do Something, National Eating Disorder Association (all data current as of 09/2016)

It's Not Just About Women...

  • Out of 195 developed countries, the United States is one of three countries that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave.
  • 70 countries offer paid paternity leave, but the United States is not one of them.
  • In the United States, 12% of workers have access to paid family leave through their employers.
  • On average, 42% of first time mothers took unpaid leave after giving birth; 4.7% of these women were let go.
  • Nearly 70% of all mothers with children under the age of 18 are in the labor force.
  • 75% of all African-American mothers with children under the age of 18 are in the labor force, more than any other group of mothers.
  • 40% of families have women as the primary breadwinner, even though women, on average, earn 79 cents compared to their male counterparts.
  • More than two-thirds of families with single mothers have an income at least 200% below the federal poverty line.
  • Working mothers make less money on average than non-mothers, while working fathers make more, on average than non-fathers. 

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, Think Progress (all data current as of 09/2016)


Women's Center

Alumni Hall 2nd Floor 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0322