Does Success = Sacrifice? A look at Women in the Workforce

The other day when we were discussing Christine Henseler’s “Contemporary Spanish Women’s Narrative and the Publishing Industry” in class, Erin brought to the attention of the class something that I myself had noticed when reading and, that is, the phenomenon that with the women authors considered “successful” by Henseler, there was a very evident theme of separation from their partners. For example, in the text, Henseler describes Concha Espina’s “short and troubled marriage” (6) and Carmen de Burgos’s “abusive husband whom she left” (5). This seeming correlation between success and troubled romantic relationships for women was reminiscent, for me, of a mathematics project I did in high school where I mathematically (using Pearson’s correlation coefficient) evaluated the question: Is there any correlation between the increase in the number of women participating in the workforce and the increase in the divorce rate in the United States of America between 1890 and 1960? (Additionally, Did the number of women entering the workforce contribute to (or cause) the increase in the divorce rate between 1890 and 1960 in the United States of America?). I’ve attempted to attach my study if anyone is interested in the math but, essentially what I determined is that “There is a strong Positive Correlation between the increase of the number of women in the workforce and the increase in the number of divorces in the United States between 1890 and 1960 based on graphing and statistical analysis.” That being said, it is important to keep in mind that correlation is not causation but, I though this was a unique insight into Henseler’s article and more broadly the life of women in general.

Math Internal Assesment Final A.Corcoran