Who Cares About Women's Issues?: How Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Effects Women’s Prioritization of Women’s Issues in American Politics

Libbi Adams Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Gregory Shufeldt Butler University
In the present political climate, issues that predominantly affect women such as sexual assault and harassment, access to birth control, and equal pay are at the forefront of the political narrative. Because of the uptick in public support for women’s rights due to movements like the #MeToo movement and the Women’s March on Washington, it is more important than it has ever been for research to be conducted regarding women’s issues in American politics. For too long, mainstream political discourse hasn’t discussed and analyzed issues that are important to women and the role that women play in American political discourse.
This research addresses a specific and original research question: to what extent do American women who fulfill or surpass the Esteem needs level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs prioritize women’s issues in American Politics, and is it more than American women who do not fulfill or surpass the Esteem needs level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? I hypothesize that American women who fulfill or surpass the Esteem Needs level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs are more likely to prioritize “women’s issues” in American politics than American women who do not fulfill or surpass the Esteem Needs level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
Political Science
Oral Presentation

When & Where

10:30 AM
Jordan Hall 172