One step closer to my Capstone: Gender Equality

 

An advertisement from the 50s portraying a gender stereotype based woman.

 

The global issue I would like to focus on for my capstone project is gender equality, specifically, female rights. I believe that both sexes should be treated equally both economically and socially. Something I learned from growing up is that females are mostly below men in society, and it really disappoints me.

A rough research question I came up for this issue is “How many Chinese women were unable to achieve their dream career because of the stereotypes their society had held for them?”. My edited research question is “What are the effects of gender stereotypes on Chinese women in the workforce”.

Even though I am mostly confident about my project, I still have some fears for this journey. I am conscious of the fact that not everyone agrees with the ideas of gender equality. Whilst the minds of Chinese people had been accepting the idea of gender equality gradually, some of the older generations still go against to it. I just hope they would listen to my voice.

I am hoping to gain a lot of things from this project. I really hope I could raise awareness to my society about how awful gender stereotypes are and their horrible consequences. I would really want to gain more knowledge about issues happening in our world because although I learned the concepts of all these issues, they still seem so far away from me because I haven’t been personally affected by it. This project would allow me to dive deep into a world issue I am really interested in, and expand my knowledge on it.

The ultimate message I want to send about this social issue is that everyone has to be aware of the fact of how many female geniuses the society has neglected and wasted because of foolish stereotypes. Only with an open-minded heart are we supposed to move forward into a brighter future. Those females all might have the solution to a lot of world issues we’re having, but first, we need to start by giving them a chance. Chinese women are secondary to men when it comes to applying for a job, earning a promotion. The discrimination of Chinese women starts when they’re in universities, being banned from applying for certain departments. Let females be more than a reproducing tool, let all of them be able to become a scientist, engineer, CEO, professor, doctor, and so much more.

I would like to receive feedback from my peers on how I could improve my research question and make it better.

3 thoughts on “One step closer to my Capstone: Gender Equality

  1. I like that you are very confident on your topic that you will be researching. I also think that gender equality is a very serious problem. I think that your topic question could be less specific. Did you consider that you had some words that might represent your own belief? Others were very good except these two things.

  2. Jackie, I think that your research question is very specific and you know where you want to focus your female equality sights on, which is in the workplace. As I already think your question is already splendid, you could widen your horizons just a little by changing ‘dream career’ from your question to something like ‘a more influential business status’, due to the fact that some women already have well-paying and high-ranking jobs, its just whether or not they can continue to advance in the food chain. This is just something for you to think about. Great job!

  3. A rough research question I came up for this issue is “How many Chinese women were unable to achieve their dream career because of the stereotypes their society had held for them?”

    I like what you’ve said about gender equality and your own passion about it comes out in your blog post. Just be careful about personal bias when conducting your research. It can cloud your perspective as you look at research. The UN Women website might also be of help in your research (www.unwomen.org). Finally, your question right now is written in a way that a very specific number answers it. Are you just interested in the specific number or are you more interested in how stereotypes have held women back? If you’re interested in the effect, maybe it could be phrased “How have stereotypes held Chinese women back in their careers?” or “What are the effects of gender stereotypes on Chinese women in the workforce?”. I look forward to seeing how your research progresses!

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