President’s Award for Gender Equity: Virginia Bratton, Spring Awards of Excellence, Academic Year 2021-22. Portrait of Virginia Bratton

Virginia Bratton

Virginia Bratton, associate management professor in the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, has won the 2022 President's Award for Gender Equity. The award has an honorarium of $2,000. 

Bratton is known as a champion and advocate for gender equity, and her research and service both have large equity components related to opportunity, compensation and education. In addition, she is regarded as a leader in the business college for mentoring female students and faculty members alike.  

She serves as a member of the Jabs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which aims to create goals and objectives for the business college that align with MSU’s Diversity and Inclusion Framework and offer related trainings and workshops to students, faculty and staff. She was also a volunteer participant in MSU’s gender equity working group. 

Bratton is well-regarded for initiating and participating in roundtable discussions and outreach conversations on issues related to gender, equity and diversity. She is also a sought-after presenter and frequently lectures on those same topics. Recent presentations have focused on navigating conversations about equal pay and how to productively frame the problem of unequal pay. In addition, Bratton and her coauthors have submitted papers on related topics for publication in peer-reviewed journals.