FYS 117 Women, Education and the Workforce

Despite the fact that women now graduate from college at a higher rate than men, the wage gap persists. Although programs that aim to increase women’s participation in the natural sciences proliferate, women remain underrepresented in STEM careers. Even as presidential candidates laud the value of paid family leave, finding affordable childcare continues to be a challenge for women in school and women who work. This course will examine the relationship between women, education, and the workforce. We will ask whether and how education can play a role in helping women achieve parity in the workforce and examine major debates in the current literature on gender equality. This course includes a community-based learning component.