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Benita Walker

Benita Walker

Attending: Southern Connecticut State University for Master of Arts in Women's Studies

Acknowledgement to Mentor:
"I would like to thank Dr. Kelley Cullen for believing in me and encouraging me to do my best and strive for greatness. If it were not for Dr. Cullen, I would not have wanted to pursue a degree in economics and conduct econometric research. She has helped me to find a love and passion for researching fun and exciting topics. She was also the one to direct me into pursuing graduate studies. You have been the best mentor a mentee could ask for, and I appreciate all of the time you spent in helping me. I also want to thank Dr. German Izon, Dr. Pui Yan-Lam, Dr. Jeff Stafford, Dr. Jessica Willis and Dr. Khalil Islam Zwart for encouraging me to pursue next and steps to take in order to achieve my academic goals. Furthermore, I would like to thank my husband, parents, and God, church and family for supporting me through my studies. If I did not have their support, I would not have been able to graduate with a BA in economics, communication studies and women and gender studies while also welcoming my daughter into the world."

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Benita Rachael Walker is a triple major in Communication Studies, Economics and Women's & Gender Studies.  She is passionate about her Indian culture, and her McNair research internship has focused on women in India and current issues impacting women and children there, specifically the sex-ratio that favors males over females, and the labor participation of women in India.

Bina was born and raised in Bellevue, Washington and is a first-generation college student. Her parents came from India in 1974 and taught her that education was important. With the assistance of her older sister she was encouraged to apply to EWU. She has been consistently on the Dean's List and is a member of the National Honor Society of Economic Omicron Delta Epsilon. Bina has also received the Bonnie & Nate Narrance Economics Scholarship for the 2011-2012 school year. She and her husband are excited about the opportunity to gain more education and to make a difference in their community. She will be pursuing a masters in women's studies at Southern Connecticut State University. She is very excited to begin this new chapter of her life with her family, especially her daughter, Abigail Anne Walker.

Mentor:________________________________________________________________________________

Dr.Kelley Cullen, Assistant Professor and Department Advisor, Department of Economics, EWU

 

2011 TRiO McNair Research Internship- Investigating the Determinants of the Declining Sex Ratio in India: An Econometric Inquiry

This research focuses on the economic costs of the sex selection bias in favor of males in India and the identification of major factors that are influencing the current declining sex ratio. Some of these major factors include, the population of India that is below the poverty line, female labor force participation, temporary housing, contraceptive use for women, education levels, abortion rates, and literacy rates. This research shows specific population trends and how although there has been a steady increase for the overall general public, there has been a significant decline in the population of young females. The 2001 and 2011 census taken by the Indian Government suggests that the sex ratios of children are increasing in favor of males. It also shows income levels, religion and other factors that are influencing the population. Abortion in India has not always been legal, however since it has become legal; there has been an increase in early detection of female fetuses and subsequent abortions. This study investigates the cultural preference for males and its impact on society and female selective abortions. By using data from the current census taken in 2010, this research compares different states across India in an attempt to identify key variables that are related to the declining sex ratio. This research has long run social and economic implications.

 

2012 TRiO McNair Research Internship- An Econometric Inquiry Concerning the Declining Sex Ratio

This research focuses on the economic costs of the sex selection bias in favor of males in India and the identification of major factors that are influencing the current declining sex ratio. Some of these major factors include the population, income, electricity, education levels, abortion rates, and whether or not a woman participates in household decisions. This research shows specific population trends and how although there has been a steady increase for the overall general public, there has been a significant decline in the population of young females. The 2001 and 2011 census taken by the Indian Government suggests that the sex ratios of children are increasing in favor of males. It also shows income levels, religion and other factors that are influencing the population. Abortion in India has not always been legal; however since it has become legal there has been an increase in early detection of female fetuses and subsequent abortions. This study investigates the cultural preference for males and its impact on society and female selective abortions. By using data from the current census taken in 2010, this research compares different states across India in an attempt to identify key variables that are related to the declining sex ratio. This research has long run social and economic implications.

 

Conference Presentations:________________________________________________________________

An Economic Inquiry of the Declining Sex Ratio in India. 16th Annual Eastern Washington University Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, Cheney, Washington (2013)

An Economic Analysis of the Declining Sex Ration in India. National Conference of Undergraduate Research, La Crosse, Wis. (2013)

An Economic Inquiry of the Declining Sex Ratio in India. Northwest Women's Studies Association Conference, Moscow, Idaho (2013)

Girls, Gender and Power in Early Childhood Development. Northwest Women's Studies Association Conference, Moscow, Idaho (2013)

Girls, Gender and Power in Early Childhood Development. Northwest Women's Studies Association Conference, Spokane, Washington (2013)

Gendercide in India. 15th Annual EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, Cheney, Washington (2012)

An Economic Analysis of the Economic and Social Implications of India's Declining Sex Ratio. Midwest Economic Association Conference: Undergraduate Research Paper Competition, Chicago, III (2012)

The Declining Sex-Ratio in India: Where are the Missing Girls? Women's and Gender Studies Speaker Series, Cheney, Washington (2012)

Corruption in India and its Impact on Women. Women's and Gender Studies Speaker Series, Cheney, Washington (2011)

Investigating the Determinants of the Declining Sex-Ratio: An Econometric Inquiry. 20th Annual National Ronald E. McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair, Lake Geneva, Wis. (2011)

Corruption in India. Invited Guest Lecturer at WMST/HUMN 310: Issues in Women's Studies, Cheney, Washington (2011)

The Economics and Social Implication of the Declining Sex Ratio for Females in India. 14th Annual Eastern Washington University Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, Cheney, Washington (2011)

Education Attainment for Women in India:What it Means to Participate in the Labor Market. Women and Gender Studies Speakers Series, Cheney, Washington (2011)

Women in India. Northwest Women's Studies Association COnference, Spokane, Washington (2011)

 

2012-2013 Honors and Awards:____________________________________________________________

Eastern Washington University Economics Society President, 2012

Travel Grant: Recceived $1,200 from the Provost Office, The Women's and Gender Studies Department and the College of Business and Public Administration

Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Economics Honor Society, inducted 2011

 

Graduate School Acceptances:_____________________________________________________________

Southern Connecticut State University, Master of Arts in Women's Studies

Vanderbilt University, Master of Arts in Economic Development

 

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