JSU Student Symposium 2020
Ladies, Do Not Pass Go: Changing Cultural Gender Beliefs Through a Gender Monopoly Simulation



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Brianna Turgeon, Sociology; Sarah Donley, Sociology


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Houston Cole Library, 11th Floor | 9:00-9:10 a.m.

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Despite the fight for gender equality, cultural gender beliefs—societal-level gender stereotypes—shape the organization of workplaces, the expectations and norms of husbands and wives in marriages, and the roles and responsibilities of men and women in families (Ridgeway 2009; 2011). Consequently, cultural gender beliefs reinforce ideas about men being more suited and valued in the workplace, resulting in a sustaining gender wage gap and occupational sex segregation. Women are paid less at work, do not have the same opportunities as men, and contend with a motherhood penalty as well (Brown and Misra 2003; Cohen and Huffman 2003; England 1992). While there have been gains towards equality, beliefs in inherent gender differences persist among the general public and college students. Students sometimes hesitate to acknowledge that inequality is still present. To better understand the reality of gender stratification, Smith (2017) created a modified version of Monopoly that simulates wage inequality, the benefits of marriage, and the cost of children. Smith (2017) found that many student participants were angry, stressed and thought the game was unfair after playing with the modified rules. Drawing on Smith’s modified game, we sought to examine how participating in a gender-stratified monopoly simulation affected the gender beliefs of students at a mid-sized southeastern university. To do this, we conducted surveys with the 30 students who participated in the simulation. We gave the students a pretest measuring their gender beliefs before the simulation and a post-test to measure their gender beliefs afterwards. In this presentation, we outline the results of these pre- and post-tests and further offer recommendations to modify the simulation to better represent how gender structures inequality in our society.


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Women's Studies

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Shadoan, K. and Myers, F. (2020, 14 February). Ladies, do not pass go: Changing cultural gender beliefs through a gender Monopoly simulation. Paper presented at the 2020 JSU Student Symposium, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL.

Ladies, Do Not Pass Go: Changing Cultural Gender Beliefs Through a Gender Monopoly Simulation