Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Lawrence Tyler

Second Advisor

Linda Lumley


During my studies of the Japanese language, I became interested in the social roles of Japanese women. As a feminist concerned with the global progression towards an egalitarian humanity, I sought to identify gender differentiations between the United States and Japan. I was fascinated with the women's movement there, which began soon after the women's movement in the US, and wrote various papers on population issues in Japan, health issues, and women's roles in the family. I then came across a seemingly viable tool for the defense* and implementation of women's equality, the Equal Employment Opportunity Law of 1986. I inquired into the details of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the EEOL, and found them to be quite contrasting, given the societal, legislative, and economic conditions surrounding them.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only