Clim♀te Ch♀nge, Legislation, and Women in the World

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Political Science


Our research encompasses the effects of climate change, legislation, and female participation around the world. We will look at who is more likely to support disaster relief bills in both countries and how candidates support disaster relief initiatives pertaining to women. Our focus will mostly be on individual cities that are greatly affected by climate disasters. We assume women are supporting bills that help marginalized communities, especially women, during climate disasters. We are focusing on comparing the United States and its territories with Japan and Haiti. The cases we are looking at in the United States include the effects of the California Wildfires and the effects of Hurricane Dorian on the eastern coast and Puerto Rico. Japan was an area of interest to us due to the number of natural disasters that have occurred in the country over the years. It is culturally very different from the U.S. but still among the developed countries in terms of government structure and infrastructure. The cases we are studying in Japan are the effects of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. We chose Haiti because it is significantly less developed than the previous two countries. We will be studying the case of Hurricane Maria. We will also analyze the difference between developed and developing countries. The method we are using for our research is that of comparing different case studies from each country to determine any differentiation.

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Julia Hellwege

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Political Science

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