So it turns out that Belinda, the Chair of my Department, has known this entire time that I was assigned a lower salary than my male colleague who was hired at the same time with me. This entire time, she has been fighting to get me a fair, merit-based salary. And she succeeded! Thanks to Belinda and our new Dean (who, by all accounts, is a hundred times better than the previous Dean we had), I now have a fair salary that will be paid back to me retroactively.
It's a wonderful feeling to know that the Chair of your department cares about her colleagues so much. This blog is still unknown to the members of my department, so I can express my love and gratitude to our wonderful Belinda without it looking like I'm brown-nosing.
I ♥ Belinda!