Event Title

Wonderful: The Power of a Compliment on a Woman's Self-Esteem

Location

CSU 203

Start Date

23-4-2007 1:00 PM

End Date

23-4-2007 3:00 PM

Student's Major

Gender and Women's Studies

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Jocelyn Fenton Stitt

Mentor's Department

Gender and Women's Studies

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

Negative words can stay with women for the rest of their lives, but can a compliment help to shape a woman's self-esteem? Starting out with a short introductory questionnaire and then using a qualitative approach to feminist research, I interviewed women between the ages of 20 and 70 years old. The process started by discussing the subjects' basic demographics, family structures, relationships, friendships, work and school relationships. I focused on a small sampling of women so as to spotlight the experiences these women have had with compliments and positive words. Among the many questions in the semi-structured interview we discussed how the intention behind compliments and who gives a compliment can change the power behind the word(s). While taking the information from these interviews along with the information gathered from researching feminist song lyrics, feminist journals and spiritual wisdom books, I discuss how compliments can change a woman's life by positively impacting not only her relationships at home, work or school, but also her relationship with herself and her self-esteem.

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Apr 23rd, 1:00 PM Apr 23rd, 3:00 PM

Wonderful: The Power of a Compliment on a Woman's Self-Esteem

CSU 203

Negative words can stay with women for the rest of their lives, but can a compliment help to shape a woman's self-esteem? Starting out with a short introductory questionnaire and then using a qualitative approach to feminist research, I interviewed women between the ages of 20 and 70 years old. The process started by discussing the subjects' basic demographics, family structures, relationships, friendships, work and school relationships. I focused on a small sampling of women so as to spotlight the experiences these women have had with compliments and positive words. Among the many questions in the semi-structured interview we discussed how the intention behind compliments and who gives a compliment can change the power behind the word(s). While taking the information from these interviews along with the information gathered from researching feminist song lyrics, feminist journals and spiritual wisdom books, I discuss how compliments can change a woman's life by positively impacting not only her relationships at home, work or school, but also her relationship with herself and her self-esteem.

Recommended Citation

Melby, Jennifer. "Wonderful: The Power of a Compliment on a Woman's Self-Esteem." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 23, 2007.
https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2007/oral-session-07/5