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Instructor Info:Megan Briggs
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
04:00 PM - 05:20 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105
04:00 PM - 05:20 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105

Since 1982, women have earned college degrees at a higher rate than men. Yet in 2011, female full-time workers made only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, and in 2013 only 4.2% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. This course is designed to provide students with ideas, information, and insights about women's experiences in business. The course will look at women's experiences both historically and currently, exploring the dynamics of power, leadership and access, and considering how this may inform and shape strategies to change the landscape for women in business. Joining us throughout the semester will be a range of Hampshire alumnae and friends who have successfully navigated careers in the business world. Students in the course will also have the opportunity to consider the ways in which their future goals may intersect with business, either directly or indirectly.

Course Objectives:
  • Describe and analyze major challenges and opportunities for women in the workplace, with a special focus on women in business leadership positions
  • Use examples of working women to understand these challenges in more depth and situate the examples within broader labor market trends
  • Explain and assess theories explaining gender differences in occupations and wages
  • Critically evaluate potential solutions to existing challenges
Evaluation Criteria:

Student evaluations will be based on your

  • Regular and active class participation
  • Timely completion of assignments
  • Ability to engage critically with the course material
  • Ability to make clear and well-supported arguments in writing
  • Ability to make connections to your own experiences and other work
  • Progress over the semester

In order to receive an evaluation, you must

  • Have no more than three absences. Many of our classes will feature presentations from alumnae; attending these presentations is an important part of the curriculum.
  • Be sufficiently involved in the class to give me a basis for writing an evaluation. This includes thoughtfully completing required assignments and engaging in class discussions and activities.
  • Submit a self-evaluation on the Hub by the due date for the final paper.