McGill published the Report of the Senate Committee on Discrimination as to Sex in the University in 1971. Three students – Rhoda E. Howard, Allison Gopnik and Pauline Tidbury – were appointed as committee members.
The final report included facts and figures leading to a wide range of recommendations as to how McGill could improve the lives of women at the University. These included a special salary award to female staff to close the wage gap, on-campus daycare, paid maternity leave before it was government-mandated, encouraging student counsellors to promote a broader range of career options for women, and more. The report’s release reflected a growing campus conversation on gender equity that continues today.