Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Second Department

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Reader 1

Stacey Wood

Reader 2

Piya Chatterjee

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2023 Richa P Shah


Although many studies have spent time researching patriarchal beliefs and booking at the social psychology behind feminist ideas and the function of women within society, very little research has gone into studying South Asian Indian Americans, let alone South Asians overall. The purpose of this proposed study is to investigate the impacts of acculturation, assimilation, and socioeconomic status on the patriarchal beliefs and feminist ideologies of South Asian Indian American women in comparison to White American women. Using a mixed methodology, this online study as well as the interview portion will ask Indian American and White American women to complete a questionnaire of self-report measures that assess their patriarchal beliefs and consist of a vignette that is presented to them. It is hypothesized that South Asian Indian American women and White American women within a higher socioeconomic bracket will have less patriarchal beliefs and less misogynistic feminist ideologies than those in a lower socioeconomic bracket. It is also hypothesized that White American participants will have less patriarchal beliefs and less misogynistic feminist ideologies than South Asian Indian Americans, overall. Furthermore, the proposed study will provide some clarity on how the framing effect affects responses to certain scenarios that immigrants or children of immigrants may face.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.