CAN WOMEN EFFECTIVELY TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE OFFICE? UNDERSTANDING THE GENDER DYNAMICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCIES
Rayborn, Reed T.
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As climate change becomes a major concern for many governments and industries, the ability to communicate and discuss climate change in the workplace is vital. Previous research indicates that even though women show greater concern over climate change, women often underestimate their knowledge of climate change. In a conservative state, such as South Carolina, where there are no agencies specifically charged with managing climate change, understanding the ways women in environmental agencies engage in the workplace and perceive the effects of climate change is especially critical. Through a deductive survey, I examine the ways in which women and men perceive workplace efficacy, climate change risk and climate change knowledge. I will test the following hypotheses: 1) Women feel less efficacious in the workspace than men; 2) Men’s confidence in their climate change knowledge is not affected by their understanding of climate change; 3) Higher workplace self-efficacy is related to higher confidence levels in climate change knowledge; 4) People that work in government agencies are less confident in climate change knowledge than those who work in non-government agencies; 5) Conservative, white males in environmental agencies are more likely to perceive climate change as less of a risk; 6) Women are more likely to perceive inequality and discrimination in the workplace than men.