Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
American politics; Bureaucracy; Gender discrimination; US cabinet; Male privilege
Women cabinet officers; Cabinet system--United States; Sex discrimination--Government policy--United States; Budget process--United States
The persistent private sector wage gap between men and women is one of the more intractable deficiencies of modem American society. It may be symptomatic of male privilege, a theory that outlines pervasive, ubiquitous discrimination that favors men from birth until death. However, egalitarian wage laws passed by Congress rigidly enforce equal pay for equal work at the highest echelons of public service, including Congress, the Cabinet, and the presidency. Is male privilege likely to manifest despite such legislation? If we assume that members of the Cabinet are lobbyists or representatives of their agencies, with Congress as the constituent, pervasive discrimination against women might result in reduced budgetary capacity for female-run Cabinet agencies. This project examines the budgetary outlays data of the US Cabinet from 1962-2011 to examine whether or not the sex of secretaries in the Cabinet influence the size of their department's budget. The results show that there is a relationship between gender and budget size, but other characteristics of Cabinet secretaries are more influential, such as marital status, career choice, and level of education.
Fahey, Kevin, "The budget gap : gender discrimination in the U.S. federal budget process, 1962-2011." (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 417.