Date of Conferral

2021

Degree

Ph.D.

School

Public Policy and Administration

Advisor

Gregory Campbell

Abstract

Gender equality and equity narratives of women members of registered nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have been largely unexamined relative to their lived experiences in healthcare, education, socioeconomic status, and political participation. The purpose of this study was to explore the narratives of women members of registered NGOs located in the Northeastern United States. The gender equality and equity narratives of women in registered NGOs related to their experiences with healthcare, education, socioeconomic status, and political participation were explored. For this qualitative narrative research, the conceptual framework was the narrative policy framework theory, which explores how narratives influence public opinion, policy dialogue, and policy change. A sample of 18 women from two registered NGOs that maintain a relationship with the United Nations were selected using purposive sampling. Data were collected via semistructured interviews. Thematic analysis was conducted for emergent themes. The findings included four themes regarding global gender equality and equity in healthcare, education, socioeconomic status, and political participation. The themes were (a) access to healthcare, advocacy for healthcare, and pandemics; (b) education equality and equity for all women via mentoring; (c) advocacy and empowerment for future socioeconomic status; and (d) preparation of women leaders for political participation. The findings have implications for positive social change for women in healthcare, education, socioeconomic status, and political participation to better implement policies on global gender equality and equity challenges in NGOs.

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