Morehead State University

Poster Title

The Role of Gender Equality Groups on a Contemporary College Campus

Institution

Morehead State University

Abstract

Gender affects our lives from the day we are born. It determines what behaviors are acceptable, what clothes we wear, our self-image, family relationships, and sexuality. Gender impacts our education, the workplace and our careers. At the same time, gender inequality persists in daily life, and many problems arise from these inequalities. In Fall 2011 the investigator started a new student group, Student Association for Gender Equality (SAGE) on the campus of Morehead State University. Drawing on ethnographic observations made while forming SAGE and on indepth interviews with group members, this study explores how contemporary college students’ understand and experience gender inequality. In particular, this study examines the most pressing gender issues faced by young people today, the motivations of participants to join a support organization, and the what members envision the group’s role on campus.

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The Role of Gender Equality Groups on a Contemporary College Campus

Gender affects our lives from the day we are born. It determines what behaviors are acceptable, what clothes we wear, our self-image, family relationships, and sexuality. Gender impacts our education, the workplace and our careers. At the same time, gender inequality persists in daily life, and many problems arise from these inequalities. In Fall 2011 the investigator started a new student group, Student Association for Gender Equality (SAGE) on the campus of Morehead State University. Drawing on ethnographic observations made while forming SAGE and on indepth interviews with group members, this study explores how contemporary college students’ understand and experience gender inequality. In particular, this study examines the most pressing gender issues faced by young people today, the motivations of participants to join a support organization, and the what members envision the group’s role on campus.