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Gender Equity in the Workplace: Start Your Research Here

Use this guide to jumpstart your research on equity between the sexes in the workplace.

Start Your Research Here

Start Learning About Your Topic

It's important to begin your research learning something about your subject; in fact, you won't be able to create a focused, manageable thesis unless you already know something about your topic.

Useful Search Terms

Use the words below to search for useful information in books and articles.

  • motherhood economic conditions
  • motherhood penalty
  • sex discrimination in employment
  • wage gap
  • women economic conditions
  • women employment
  • work and family
  • working mothers

Use the Databases Below to Begin Learning About Your Topic

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff. 

Getting Started With Research Questions

Why Research Questions

Research is all about exploration. Sometimes we are exploring ideas, sometimes we are exploring current issues, sometimes we are exploring the lives of people or the repercussions of events.  Asking questions is the key to this exploration.

How To Get Started
  • Start simply. You may not know a lot about your topic, so it is okay to start by asking a few basic questions to launch the research process.
    • What is income inequality?
    • Why is income inequality such a controversial topic right now?
  • Do some background reading (Use the databases above for background reading). Getting some basic background information on your topic may help you answer some of those initial questions, as well as give you ideas on how to expand your list of questions. 
  • Be bold! Don't be afraid to pose questions to which you have no idea of the answer. That is what the research process is all about...finding answers.
  • Consider your list of questions a work in progress. As you begin to answer your questions expect your list to change. You may add new questions, expand existing questions, and discard questions.  This refining process is a natural part of the research process.

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Explore Your Topic Further

When you are ready to explore and answer your research questions, use these databases below.

Selected Library eBooks

Selected Library Videos

These videos come from an MJC Library Database named, Films on Demand. Once you click the image, you'll need to login just like you do for all of our other databases.

Breaking the Wall of Gender Inequality: How Gender Balance Can Transform the Global Economy

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This video explores why gender equality will be a key condition for sustainable development – and how it can prepare the global economy for a more human-centered growth.


Gender Wage Gap: Supply & Demand

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Research by the Cato Institute explodes the myth of the gender wage gap. The findings showed that overall male median income exceeds women's because many men work at jobs women will not or cannot do. An ABC News Production.


The Trouble with Working Women: An Inquiry Into Inequity Between the Sexes

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This is a two-video series by the BBC that explores women's success and earnings potential.

Featured Web Sites

Use these Websites below to explore your topic

Google Scholar

In addition, search Google Scholar to find scholarly information on the Web.

Google Scholar Search

Cite Your Sources

Your instructor should tell you which citation style they want you to use. Click on the appropriate link below to learn how to format your paper and cite your sources according to a particular style.

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