PublisherThe University of Arizona.
AbstractFor the research topic for this paper, I will be reviewing laws and policies regarding feminism and family policy in the United States workforce. The framework I will use to guide this review is specific to feminism or feminist theory (Allen, 2016). Specifically, feminist theory has pushed forward the need to study families from multiple vantage points, incorporating intersectional and international perspectives on how race, class, sexual orientation, nation, and other structures of social hierarchy differentially classify and challenge gendered experiences in families (Allen, 2016). For my honors thesis, I will be conducting about a 20-30 page literary review, viewed from the lens of feminism, to understand women in the labor force in the United States. I will compare the gender gap in the workplace amongst various regions in the United States. A few of the subtopics that I will discuss in terms of women and the workforce throughout this paper will begin with women’s right to work and how this began in the United States, and continue with earnings and equal pay, discrimination of women becoming mothers in the workforce, and unemployment rates among women. Lastly, I will review which federal laws, or the lack there of, that the United States has in place for gender inequality and discrimination in the workplace.