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An estimated 35% of women worldwide have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. Annually just under 700,000 children are estimated to be victims of abuse and neglect. I would like to research the connections between these statistics to deepen my understanding of the status of women in relation to the overall health of a society.

My name is Sara Burnosky, and I earned a BA in Anthropology as well as a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Michigan State University. With the female sexes role as primary caregiver to the next generation before birth while pregnant, and immediately after delivery, it is my focus to study the implications this reality has to the status of a mother’s well-being and her experiences parenting. In 1900 according the U.S Bureau of Statistics, 17% of the (industrialized) labor force was comprised of women, in 2013 just under 50% of women were reported to be actively in the labor force. The rise in this statistic indicates a change in the family structure.

In Is Female to Male as Nature is to Culture, Sherry Ortner challenges the idea of universally assuming sameness of experience based on sex identification, while conversely presenting the ability to give birth as an overarching factor in the female sexes experience. Although I argue that giving birth is not universally experienced in the same way rather varying in meaning and experience unique to the individual, giving birth has afforded woman the right to there second class citizenship around the globe. In operating under Practice Theory, I believe it is time to incorporate multiple modes of thought within the social science fields for the goal to better understand the important details that intersectionality encompasses when studying the possible connections between parental influence and the child’s adolescent developmental experience.