Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2011

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Jeffrey Bayliss

Second Advisor

Andrew Flibbert


Gender inequality in the labor force is a persistent global problem. Because equality in labor is thought to be key to reversing overall gender inequality, attention to factors affecting the status of women in the labor force (the gender wage gap, female labor force participation, occupational sex segregation, etc.) is crucial to addressing overall gender inequality. Though the effects of labor force inequality are more visible in the culturally similar, highly industrialized, and otherwise highly developed countries of East Asia than in the West, the contrast in the conditions of these indicative factors among Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan may provide important insights into narrowing the gender gap. Significantly, Taiwan, with an economy dominated by small and medium sized enterprises, political gender quotas, and an active women’s movement, is found to have relatively more success in eliminating inequality and possesses a more gender equal labor force.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.