2019 Rose Olver Student Research Fund Winner

Benedite Dieujuste

Benedite Dieujuste '20

Double-major in Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies and English


Research Project: Benedite is interested in comparing the change in the language used in family planning policies by medical providers, government agencies, and nongovernmental agencies in the United States specifically during the “neo-Malthusian” revival of the 1960s to current policies. She intends to investigate the literature circulated by NGOs, the wording of state legislature, and the statements released by medical associations as well as images of advertisements for birth control methods and which women are represented. By taking an interdisciplinary approach that analyzes the linguistic and visual rhetoric of these two eras, she hopes to better understand the change in the politics of domestic reproductive health.