Publication Date

5-2020

Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)

3-6-2020

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Arts in Political Science

Department

Political Science

Major Advisor

Ross Burkhart, Ph.D.

Advisor

Julie VanDusky-Allen, Ph.D.

Advisor

Isaac Castellano, Ph.D.

Abstract

Countries have been able to exchange goods and services as well as intellectual property. However, they have not addressed how these changes affect those that are considered a vulnerable population, women. The feminization of poverty is a real problem in our globalized society, where women form 70% of the world’s poor. This paper investigates globalization’s impact on women empowerment by focusing on maternal mortality and female primary education in eighty-seven developing countries. The literature suggests that an increase of globalization leads to a decrease in maternal death and to an increase in female primary education. The pooled data set was subject to a regression analysis, controlling for democracy, equality, and GDP per capita. The results demonstrate a strong negative correlation between globalization and mother mortality rates. In addition, there is a positive correlation between globalization and primary education for females demonstrating that globalization improves the lives of females in the developing world.

DOI

10.18122/td/1682/boisestate

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