Date of Award


Document Type

Distinction Paper

Degree Name

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies - BA


Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Dr. Tammy Birk

First Committee Member

Dr. Margaret Koehler

Second Committee Member

Dr. Deborah Solomon


Equity, Equality, Neo-colonialism, Capitalism, Labor Outsource

Subject Categories

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


How does fighting for gender equality further contributes to sufferings and injustices of a smaller population? Does gender equality alleviate injustices? In my thesis, I argue that gender equality is contentious and equality only applies to a population of people who meets certain social criteria i.e. class, wealth, fair/white race, and education level. Gender equality contributes to the commodification of the female body in both the public and private spheres for different purposes. A capitalist society commodifies the female body for her exchange-value to satisfy the insatiable needs of a capitalistic patriarchy.