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Social Science Research

location_on Location: Emanuele C

(Links to papers / posters are embargoed until 4/7)

access_time April 08 01:00-01:50

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  • assignment_ind Duskey, M. “ Female Equity on College Campuses ”
    The University of Rio Grande is working to create a more equitable atmosphere for women on campus. In 2020, through the efforts of the Social Work Student Council, New and Expectant Mother parking spaces were placed at student-based high-traffic areas. In the same vein, the issue of the absence of feminine products in the women’s restrooms on campus is being brought to attention. Ultimately, the installation of dispensers with free pads and tampons in at least one female bathroom in each building on campus is the goal of this project. The intervention of placing feminine product dispensers in one women’s restroom per building on campus can ensure greater equity, diversity, and inclusion. Equitable measures are essential to create a fair environment for all students. For females, the addition of these dispensers in restrooms could reduce financial strain, increase school attendance, and promote a feeling of inclusion. Thus far, the presentation has been made to the President and Vice President of the university. The plan is to install boxes in restrooms and record how many products are utilized. With this data and research, we will be able to prove the need and usage of products, and present it when applying for grants to buy bigger, better dispensers.
  • assignment_ind French, S. “ Women as Partners: Domestic or Corporate? ”
    In 1970, women accounted for just 10\% of law school graduates. As of 2016, women account for a greater percentage of law school enrollees than men. Although the increase suggests women are given equal opportunities in the legal field, this progress may not extend into legal jobs themselves, specifically legal partnerships. Women account for less than 25\% of equity partners in law firms, presenting the question as to how women can be graduating from law school at the same rate as men, but climbing the corporate ladder at a significantly lower rate. This study will examine the impacts of societal perceptions of femininity and motherhood and the way these standards impact women’s upward mobility within law firms. This research analyzes selected scholarly literature regarding women’s upward mobility in the legal profession, and also reviews original survey results regarding public perceptions of female lawyers. This study aims to shed light on the infamous glass ceiling in high power legal positions and analyze the impacts of the societal concept of womanhood.
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