Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Humanities & Communication


The major question that I will attempt to answer is: Equal Pay and Comparable Worth, what does it all mean for women and the wage gap? I want to take the legalese and distill down to its fundamental basics and then convey what it means for women. How do these laws affect women, and what led to the laws being enacted? How did the Rosies' play a part in the equal pay laws? How did women organize themselves to ensure a positive change for all women? Also I want to take the whole process one step further and make it personal; I will do this by incorporating narratives from Rosies', as well women whose lives have been affected by equal pay, comparable worth, and the wage gap. My working thesis is that women have historically been discriminated against in the work force, in terms of pay, and that the major movements to change this began to gain strong footing after the WWII, when women lost their high paying war jobs to the men returning from war. After proving my thesis I will go on to discuss the elements of equal pay, comparable worth, and the wage gap. The focus for my project will begin with Rosie, but it will expand to a much broader topic and the timeline will end with the present.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Institute for Human Communication