Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
© 2019 Nishara T Gunasekara
This paper assesses how women of different racial backgrounds and their contraceptive method choices impact their economic well-being. While there is extensive literature on the impact of contraceptive use and women’s economic outcomes, there is less concerning women’s contraceptive method choice and their economic outcomes. However, birth control is only as effective at supporting women’s economic advancement as it is effective at preventing unintended pregnancy. Given a legacy of reproductive and economic disempowerment, Women of Color in the United States have unevenly reaped the economic benefits of contraception. Therefore, it is important to look at how race and contraceptive method choice may factor into women’s economic health. In this paper, I define women’s economic well-being in terms of human capital, through the lens of educational attainment, and income. Further, I stratify contraceptive methods into three categories: high, medium, and low, based on the method’s effectiveness rate and user maintenance requirements. Using a Simple Linear Regression Model, I find that medium forms of birth control have the greatest impact on educational attainment and earnings for both White women and Women of Color.
Gunasekara, Nishara Theruni, "Women's Contraceptive Method Choice and Its Impact on Their Economic Well-Being" (2019). Scripps Senior Theses. 1373.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.