Ayako Iwata '14: Do women have it all?
Ayako Iwata '14, a New Media major, will be presenting her research “Do women have it all? In case of women in the U.S. and Japan” on April 30, the Communication Department's Defense Day. Her research is about how women employ work/life balance in the U.S. and Japan.
“Being a working woman myself, this topic has always interested me. For my job, I interviewed many working women in Japan and wrote articles about them. I received positive comments from readers saying that reading other people’s personal stories is inspiring. I thought if I do a similar project in the U.S. not only might this be inspiring to working women, but also to students who are still looking for what to do in the future. I am looking forward to sharing the results.” – Ayako Iwata
In 2014, Economist magazine created the "glass ceiling index" which showed where women have the best chance of equal treatment at work among 27 countries. United States was 17th place and Japan was 26th. Other research done by Grant Thornton in 2013 revealed that the percentage of women in senior management positions in the US and Japan was 20% and 7% respectively. Although both countries seem to have long ways to go for a truly equal environment, USA seems to be doing better.
Iwata carried out an online survey to delve into the working environment, women’s thoughts about working, and how women employ work/life balance to see if there is any difference or similarity in the two countries. 209 Japanese and 98 American participants responded. Her research findings indicate that even though women in the US have made progress in the workplace, the working environment is not necessarily gender-friendly compared to Japan.
If you have questions or interested in attending the Communication Senior Defense day on Wednesday, April 30 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Miller 33 please contact Ayako Iwata at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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