Urban Inequality and Homicide: An Examination of the Impact of Gender Inequality on Female Offending

Mari A. DeWees, University of Florida

This research examines the impact of gender inequality on the homicide offending of females across U.S. cities for 1990. Previous studies in the feminist literature have suggested that women's status affects their involvement in lethal violence. The present research fuses feminist and urban disadvantage literature in order to further explore the relationship betwen the status of women and female homicide offending. Therefore, specific attention is given to factors such as gender disparities in labor market opportunities, educational and occupational attainment, as well as measures of political and legal dimensions of inequality. The overall findings suggest that dimensions of gender inequality in urban areas should be expanded to further explore its affect on female homicide offending.

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