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For a project, you will write a 1,750- to 2,450-word paper examining the impact of a current social problem on a particular social group. You nned to choose a social problem and social group from the list below.

Suggested Social Problems and Social Groups List
Choose one combination of a social problem and a social group from the list below.

Social Inequality and Minorities in the United States

Gender Stratification and Women in Developing Nations

Poverty and Children in the United States

Fossil Fuel Dependency and Americans

Racial Profiling and Male African Americans

Ageism and the Elderly

Ethnocentrism and Immigrants in the United States

Modernization and Indigenous Cultures

Racial Discrimination and Hispanics in the United States

Make sure you have included at 3-5 sources from the approved Web sites. All in-text citations and references should be formatted according to APA guidelines

Population Reference Bureau at
U.S. Census Bureau at
World Population Information at
Population Connection at
The World Factbook at
Bureau of Labor Statistics at
Envirolink at
WomenWatch at
Institute for Research on Poverty at
The World Bank at
National Center for Children in Poverty at
Joint Center for Poverty Research at

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Interesting topic! One approach to helping you with an assignment like this one is to provide a tentative outline and then look at information from various sources to draw on for each section. This is approach this response takes. I also attached two articles from the suggested websites for convenience, which are referred to by page number in this response, which you can also draw on. I also an attached an excellent APA resource for your final copy.

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1. For a project, you will write a 1,750- to 2,450-word paper examining the impact of a current social problem on a particular social group. You need to choose a social problem and social group from the list below.

Have you given some thought to the topic that you want to write about? Since you did not specify which topic is most interesting to you, let's go with Gender Stratification and Women in Developing Nations. Your paper will be examining the impact of a current social problem (e.g. gender stratification) on a particular social group (e.g., women) in developing nations. You are instructed to use at least 3 of the given websites. The following websites apply specifically to the topic:

(1) WomenWatch at
(2) Institute for Research on Poverty at
(3) The World Bank at
(4)The World Factbook at

Your tentative outline might look something to the effect:

I. Introduction (e.g. about ¼ - ½ page; introduce topic, including thesis or purpose statement: The purpose of this paper is to...)
II. Trends and Impact (e.g. about 6 pages, empirical findings, etc.)
III. Conclusion (e.g. restate thesis or purpose; sum up main points).

International organizations have expressed widespread agreement that gender equality is an important social and economic goal. Evaluating the presenting effects of gender stratification on women in developing countries is necessary in order to determine ways to combat these effects. It is well known that well-being is a multidimensional measure of material status and encompasses income, health, education, empowerment, relative economic and social status, and security, although precise definitions and emphases on the individual components vary. Since the early 1980s, for example, a number of international agencies have produced analysis of gendered trends in well being (Seguino, 2006). This paper analysis the impact...

Trends and Impact of Gender Stratification on women in Developing Nations

Research suggests that gender stratification is linked to higher levels of poverty for women. For example, in "Progress of the World's Women 2005: Women, Work and Poverty," Chen, Vanek, Lund and Heintz (2005) make the case for an increased focus on women's informal employment as a key pathway to reducing poverty and strengthening women's economic security. It provides the latest available data on the size and composition of the informal economy and compares national data on average earnings and poverty risk across different segments of the informal and formal workforces in six developing countries and one developed country to show the links between employment, gender and poverty. It looks at the costs and benefits of informal work and their consequences for women's economic security. Finally, it provides a strategic framework ? with good practice examples ? for how to promote decent work for women informal workers, and shows why strong organizations of workers in the informal economy are vital to effective policy reforms (Chen, Vanek, Lund & Heintz, 2005).

The relative status of women is 'poor' in the developing world, compared to developed countries. Interestingly, according to the World Bank (1999), increases in per capita income lead to improvements in different measures of gender equality, suggesting that there may be market failures hindering investment in girls in developing countries, and that these are typically overcome as development proceeds. Gender inequality in education and health can also be explained to a considerable extent by religious preference, regional factors, and civil freedom. These systematic patterns in gender differentials suggest that low investment in women is not an efficient economic choice, and we can show that gender inequality in education is bad for economic growth. Thus, societies that have a preference for not investing in girls pay a price for it in terms of slower growth and reduced income (Dollar &Gatti, 1999, see p. 27 of attached article: gender Stratification.pdf).

Note: This abovementioned paper (attached for convenience) as Inequality, income and is part of a series of papers on selected topics commissioned for the forthcoming Policy Research Report on Gender and Development. The PRR is being carried out by Elizabeth King and Andrew Mason and co-sponsored by the World Bank's Development Economics Research Group and the Gender and Development Group of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network. Printed copies of this paper are available free from the World Bank, 1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433.

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Solution Summary

This solution analyzes a sociological issue related to gender. Supplemented with two article on gender stratification and inequality.