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MONOGRAPH ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN PUBLIC RELATIONS PUBLISHED BY PRSA FOUNDATION

          MONOGRAPH ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN PUBLIC RELATIONS
                      PUBLISHED BY PRSA FOUNDATION
    PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A significant salary disparity between men and women in public relations begins after the fourth year of employment, and even considering such factors as age, years in the field and type of public relations practiced, women's salaries do not match men's.
    These are among the important findings of a study on gender bias, "Under The Glass Ceiling: An Analysis of Gender Issues in American Public Relations," which has just been published by the Public Relations Society of America Foundation.
    The study, conducted by PRSA's Research Committee in cooperation with its Women in Public Relations Task Force, shows that women consistently lag behind men of comparable experience in salaries and access to managerial jobs.
    "PRSA established the Women in Public Relations Task Force and undertook the study because the principal role of public relations is to counsel organization managements to deal equitably with employees, customers, and other important publics in order to win their support," noted H.J. (Jerry) Dalton, Jr., APR, president of the foundation. "That being the mission of public relations, practitioners have a mandate to address the need for equity for women in their own profession."
    The monograph was written by four public relations educators:
    Donald K. Wright, Ph.D., Fellow, PRSA
    Department Chair & Professor
    Department of Communication
    University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala.
    Larrisa A. Grunig, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    College of Journalism
    University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
    Jeffrey K. Springston, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor & Public Relations Sequence Head
    Department of Communication
    University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala.
    Elizabeth Lance Toth, Ph.D., APR
    Associate Professor
    S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
    Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
    In addition to reporting on the primary research involving a random sample of 1,027 PRSA members and results of two focus group sessions conducted during the society's 1990 national conference in New York City, the monograph also includes a review of the literature on the status of women in the workplace and suggestions for future research.
    The single copy price is $20 for PRSA members, and $30 for nonmembers.  Those ordering the monograph by mail should add $3 for shipping and handling.  Payment by check must be in U.S. currency, drawn on a U.S. bank only.  Mail orders to: The PRSA Foundation, 33 Irving Place, New York, N.Y. 10003-2376.
    The PRSA Foundation was established in 1990 to foster public relations excellence by supporting research and education.  It is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Contributions are deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
    PRSA is the leading professional organization for public relations practitioners.  The society's 15,357 members represent business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms, and nonprofit organizations.
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    /CONTACT:  Donna Peltier of the PRSA (at the PRSA convention in Phoenix), 602-252-1645, 602-239-7948, or in New York, 212-995-2230/ CO:  Public Relations Society of America ST:  New York, Arizona IN: SU: JT -- NYSU001A -- 0516 11/03/91 17:55 EST
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