Your essay will need a clear thesis statement. Use the following questions as guidelines in preparing your essay and thesis statement:
What general issue or question are you addressing, and why is it important? Within this general issue or question, what specific questions do you wish to answer? Write down all the questions you have, and use them to guide your reading and research.
From the assigned readings for Unit 2, what major insights emerge in relation to the specific questions you have? Do the readings confirm or challenge your initial ideas? If so, in what ways?
From your additional reading for this assignment, what are the most important findings with respect to the specific questions you have? Can you identify any major themes and findings? Do all authors agree on the issues you are addressing? If not, what might explain these differing viewpoints? What types of evidence do different authors offer in support of their views?
Reflecting on your reading and on your own experience and ideas, what have you learned about the questions you started with? What, if any, new questions have emerged?
What are the implications of your findings for understanding women’s work more generally? Do they support any of the specific theories or ideas about women’s work discussed in Unit 2?
For example, you may want to examine the impact of economic women have made to have child care and domestic work recognized and valued. Give some thought to your topic selection. Try to choose an issue that you are interested in or an issue that you would like to explore in greater depth.
Once you have considered these questions, develop your thesis statement. What is the main argument that your paper will be making regarding your topic?
Your paper needs to reference and discuss three of the key concepts from Unit 2 in relation to your chosen topic.
describe the key changes that have occurred in women’s paid and unpaid work and education since the 1970s;
understand how economic and political policies have affected women’s paid and unpaid work and educational opportunities;
provide examples and analyze how women advocates have negotiated these changes;
describe how multiple systems of oppression continue to shape our economy; and
provide examples of how women’s class, age, family status, race, immigration status, sexuality, and/or disabilities have shaped their experiences with work opportunities, exclusions, inequality, discrimination, harassment/assault, and violenc