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Erin Morotti

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Charles Darwin once said “…from so simple a beginning endless forms…most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved” (Darwin, 1902). However, evolution has not shaped an equal path for both men and women. In aligning with the Gregorian calendar, we are in the 21st century, yet we still experience gender bias, oppression of women, and discrimination due to sex throughout the entire global community. Therefore, I will be focusing the final paper of this class on gender inequality.

This topic reached out to me, in my opinion, due to my ten years working with survivors of domestic violence. From oppression to freedom, I have humbly witnessed empowered women gain their lives back in so many ways. The history of equality is a fascinating tale, though I have yet to study it outside of the United States. Ashford states that we must, “Generate a list of specific topics of interest… (followed by) …a list of questions that you’d like to explore” (Ashford, 2017). Together, this topic and my questions will create my thesis for the final paper.

Although I would love to use my personal experience, Ashford suggests integrating thoughtful and creditable research in order to provide an excellent argument. St. Mary’s Library suggests the following ways to identify research that is considered scholarly:

1. They are written by faculty, researchers, or scholars.

2. They use the language of the discipline.

3. They are often referred or peer reviewed by specialists before being accepted for publication.

4. They include full citations for sources.

5. (St. Mary’s College, n.d)

A few years ago, I was privileged to meet the infamous Gloria Steinem whom said that there is a direct connection between a nation’s success and how they treat women. I wanted to know more about this connection, specifically in the United States, and found that in 1994, in recognition of “…the severity of violence against women and our need for national strategy…” (United States. (n.d.) Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act to provide for services for victims of rape and domestic violence. I have attached it to this discussion for further review if you are curious to see how our nation has attempted to overcome the gender violence and, thus, gender inequality.

As I said previously, I am not only interested in gender inequality in the United States but also, as a global citizen, focusing on the issue with a worldwide lens. Therefore, I came across an interesting article from the Brookings Institution that echoes the same testament that, “Gender remains a critically important and largely ignored lens to view development issues across the world” (Ravi & Jayaraman, 2017). This article focuses on this important issue in India ranking the country 130 out of 146 in the Gender Inequality Index provided by the United Nations.

References:

Darwin, C. (1902). Origin of species. New York: American Home Library Company.

Ashford University. (2017). Developing a Topic. Retrieved June 04, 2018, from http://writingcenter.ashford.edu/developing-topic (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

St. Mary’s College. (n.d.). How Do I Decide if a Source is Scholarly? Retrieved June 04, 2018, from https://www.saintmarys.edu/library/how-do-i-decide-if-source-scholarly (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

United States. (n.d.). Factsheet: The Violence Against Women Act. Retrieved June 04, 2018, from https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/docs/vawa_factsheet.pdf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Ravi, S., & Jayaraman, N. (2017, September 13). Gender issues in India: An amalgamation of research. Retrieved June 04, 2018, from https://www.brookings.edu/research/gender-issues-in-india-an-amalgamation-of-research/

Week 1 Discussion – VAWA.pdf

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