Summary of Research Findings

As I have repeatedly mentioned in my blog posts, this summer has been one for the books. I have come out knowing more about myself as a person and as an academic. For starters, I need to constantly be setting deadlines and challenging myself in order to actually get work done. Working in as much interpersonal interaction into a workday will also aid in motivation. As an academic I know how I face trials and tribulations such as a challenging code segment day in and day out.

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Summary and Reflection

If there is one thing that I learned from this research experience is the value of human connection and speech. Communicating and talking with these amazing women in Nicaragua enhanced my understanding of their practices and culture. I was able to learn so much about myself and what I truly value in my own life through this experience that has helped me grow both in my academic and personal life. I learned that there are different roles and tasks that women have. Primarily the role of the women is to take care of the household by cleaning, washing, cooking, taking care of the children, and gathering water. I have been able to come to the conclusion that there are different gender roles that women and men have in the community and in their household, however, linking gender roles to community participation in women is a more complex conclusion to make. Women do attend the community meetings and speak at these meetings. Before the presentations in a few weeks I will be working with my advisor for my research by looking more closely at trends and correlations between the questions. I hope to continue this research this fall and travel back to Nicaragua in the near future.

Summary of Summer Research

Although I do not start my honors thesis until next academic year, I needed to do research in order to gauge the subject I intended to pursue. This summer, I was able to not able to survey the wealth of resources available, but I was also able to reevaluate my initial expectations for the thesis to meet standards that are more realistic. My initial goal was to evaluate the role, if any, of social class in the Royal Flying Corps. Though summer closures and movement of materials prevented me from looking at a bulk of the sources I originally wanted to look at, I was able to compensate by finding more relevant sources in England. I hope that I will be able to return to England to gather more sources.

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A P-Value Party for the Mentoring Study: The Final Results!

You’ve been with me since I started on this project at the start of the summer and now here’s what we’ve all been waiting for! Let’s dig into some results, shall we?

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Women’s Gender Role

For the last questions in the interview schedule I wanted to ask more specific questions about gender roles of women. I did this by asking basic questions concerning household tasks. Question 9 asked if the women lived with a companero which can mean husband or boyfriend. 64.28% said that they did live with a companero. There is no significant trend correlating their relationship status with their responsibilities in the household. Question 10 asked more specifically about women’s gender roles as relating to different tasks, and decision making in the household. The question asked if they do different tasks and if they don’t then who does it in the household. The first sub question asks about women’s responsibilities in the household. 67.85% of the women stated that their responsibilities in the household include cleaning, washing, taking care of the children if they have any and preparing the food for the family. 42.85% of women get the water for the household by themselves, while the other women have help from their husbands or sons. All the women who were interviewed said that they prepare the food for the family either alone or with their mother and or daughter. Purifying the water is another task that women primarily do, some with their husbands. Men, whether they are the women’s husbands, brothers, or sons primarily make the money for the family. In the community, work is not necessarily steady for the men at times they must travel outside the community to find work. It is important to note that women can make money for themselves or their family or doing chores for other members of the community who pay them for their services. Deciding what to do with the money that the family earns is not as linear. Some women decide together with their husbands, others the husband decides or the men in the house decide how the money will be used. Washing the clothes and taken care of the children is a gender role that women primarily taken on. Lastly taking care of the animals that the family might have and harvesting or taking care of the plants is a job that both women and men do. At this point in my research I can conclude that there are gender roles that both men and women take on in the community women’s role primarily is to cook, wash the clothes, take care of the children, and cook the food for the family. The men on the other hand, work to support the family and are the primary decision makers when it comes to figuring out how to spend their money and other resources that the family has.