Welcome to Dr. Sanjukta Chaudhuri’s website. She is an Associate Professor in the department of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Chaudhuri’s primary objective is to perform and communicate research on the economic lives of women and girls, and to teach courses on global gender inequality and empowerment of women and girls.
Worldwide, women and girls face daily challenges of inequality and disempowerment. Chaudhuri believes that relentless advocacy for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls through sound research is of critical importance.
An understanding of why gender equality and women and girls empowerment benefits everyone leads to the appreciation of the importance of studying their economic lives. An empowered life means that women and girls have the freedom to set their own goals and achieve them in their own way; to choose the lives that they want to live; to evolve their identity in their own way; to develop their human capital potential, and hence to maximize their productive contribution to the economy. This is the essence of understanding the economic value of empowering women and girls’ lives. Given that at least half the population in any country consists of women and girls, the economic rationale for improving and empowering female lives is obvious: the first being that it is important for its own sake (intrinsic value) but also because better lives for women and girls become instrumental in furthering a nation’s health capital, human capital, productivity, and eventually, growth and development.
Chaudhuri’s research and teaching focuses on both women and girls, and follows the economic lives of females from pre-natal stage through birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. This life-course approach is based on the premise that the achievement of status and empowerment is a life-long process. The status achieved during early life serves as building blocks for status during adulthood. The status of adult women is not independent of the status during childhood. Hence, a truly exhaustive analysis of female economic life includes women and girls.
Researching the economic lives of women and girls has several advantages, specifically that the results serve as authentic and irrefutable empirical evidence of gender inequality, thereby drawing attention to the critical need to direct resources to promoting gender equality, and hence impact policy formulation in favor of improving lives of women and girls
Some of the topics covered by Chaudhuri in researching the economic lives of women and girls are: