UWRF Women and Development Survey 2014-2015
During fall 2014, Dr. Erick Highum led a team of UWRF student researchers to determine the level of support that UWRF students have for policies of the U.S. government regarding women and development at the domestic and international levels, and allow student researchers to compare policy support across demographic categories. The questions also tested the level of support students have for the international relations perspectives of realism, liberalism, and feminism. The team included UWRF students: Reven McGee; Shannon McNamara; Arianna Pajtash, and Andrew Trapp, who helped create the survey and gathered responses from 300+ students. Student researchers are presenting the results of the survey at the 2015 National Conference of Undergraduate Research, and will be informing the UWRF community of student views on this important political science topic in spring 2015. The overall results for each of the questions for all participating students are contained in the attached pdf document: UWRF Women and Development Survey 2014-2015 Survey Results .The overall results suggest that UWRF students who participated in the survey:
1.Strongly support an U.S. driven international policies to build a coalition to stop human trafficking (question #20); as well as policies to promote gender equality (question #17); and reduce child mortality (question #23);
2.Strongly support U.S. domestic policies and federal funding aimed at preventing sexual assaults on campus (question #16); and maternity leave (question #12), as well as legislation promoting equal pay for equal work (question #11);
3.are relatively ambivalent regarding the concept that legal matters involving sexual assaults in the military should be handled by civilian courts (question #10);
4.are in relatively strong agreement with the realist perspective that war between countries is inevitable (question #25), and that sovereign countries always seek to maximize their power to protect their national interests (question #26) as well as being in favor of an U.S. trade policy that punishes countries that discriminate against women (question #24);
5. are ambivalent in supporting the liberal perspective that transnational actors are as important as countries in global politics (question #27); or that countries interests are intertwined and cooperation is more likely than war (question #28); and have even less support for the feminist perspective that military power and national interests are masculine ways of thinking about global politics (question #29); and that there would be less international wars if there were more female leaders of countries (question #30).