Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Stefanie Chambers


The term “empowerment" has in many ways been used imprecisely and in ways that can mislead the conversation we should be having as scholars but more importantly, policymakers. The term is more contested that a graph of numbers would like to show. For this thesis, I achieved gradual recognition of the social, economic, and political empowerment understanding of women in Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros and its involvement in overcoming many obstacles. Challenging, Global North and Western universal approach of the best way to progress empowerment on Third World women. In the preceding chapters, I explored the ways in which institutions in the country are viewed by women in both cities and their expected responsibility. Even though the Dominican Republic is a small Caribbean island, it plays a significant role in the discourse of women’s empowerment in Latin America and Globally due to its rankings in annual reports conducted by multilateral organizations and NGO’s that underrepresent the realities of women throughout the country.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.