Monday, December 2, 2013

Democracy, Development, and the Status of Women--How Far Have the Americas Come?

By Jillian Beecher
Jillian Beecher is a 2013 cum laude graduate of Albany Law School. She graduated summa cum laude from Russell Sage College with degrees in Political Science and Psychology and a minor in Pre-Law. During law school, she was a summer intern and clinic intern with Albany County District Attorney’s Office.
Jillian prepared this paper for Professor Harrington’s course in International Business Transactions.

Many improvements have been made regarding the status of women in society. There is, however, much more that needs to be done to put men and women on level ground.

In order to address the imbalance of power between men and women, the goal is gender equality. More specifically, this means that men and women would enjoy the same status and equal opportunities in all areas, including economic, social, and political.

Groups such as the Organization of American States (OAS) have tried to incorporate the gender perspective into its programs. In doing so it aims to eradicate the historical and social disadvantages that prevent women from fully enjoying society’s development.

However, numerous discrepancies exist, such as in the area of education. Analyzing these discrepancies reveals areas that work against the integration of the gender perspective. This raises questions regarding the effectiveness and progress of the programs that have been already implemented.

This paper argues that by devoting more time, research, and energy into these areas of discrepancy, organizations such as OAS will be able to integrate the gender perspective more efficiently.
To read the paper, open HERE.