THE IMPACT OF FEMINIST MOVEMENTS ON THE LABOR MARKET FOR HIGH LEVEL CORPORATE POSITIONS

Open Access
Author:
Kannan, Sangeetha
Area of Honors:
Economics
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Michael David Gechter, Thesis Supervisor
  • Russell Paul Chuderewicz, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Economics
  • Gender
  • labor market
Abstract:
This paper analyzes the possible impact of the second and third wave of feminism on the numbers of women attaining high level corporate positions such as board or C-suite positions. In this paper, I hypothesize that the three waves of feminism that occurred during the time period of 1848 to 2011 have had some impact on women getting higher level positions and closing the income inequality gap between men and women. These movements had primarily social goals, so the economic impact they had is more indirect. This analysis is to measure the efficacy of these feminist movements in achieving equality for women in the corporate world. I use statistical analyses to observe any possible impact that feminist movements could have on women in high ranking corporate positions. Interaction variables were constructed in order to observe how the impact of two variables together could have affected my results. My results show an association between the proportion of women with high incomes increasing as some of these feminist movements take effect.