Gender and Everyday Water Use in Los Angeles Households

Project Summary

Despite the fact that household work and decision-making remain highly gendered in the United States, there is little scholarship on gender and residential water use. To better understand how gender shapes the way that people use, value, and save water on an everyday basis in Los Angeles, researchers at UCLA's Center for the Study of Women look at four diverse Los Angeles neighborhoods to observe everyday gendered water practices. The research not only studies women, but also documents indoor and outdoor water practices for all adults in a household over a two-year period. This is a first-of-its-kind study that asks new questions about how to conserve water for future generations, and aims to reveal new data about how gender intersects with race and class to inform the way that Angelenos use and can conserve water. A main goal is to understand patterns in cultural perceptions and practices of water use in order to inform legislators and policymakers on how to reduce water consumption, increase use of greywater, and encourage other sustainable indoor and outdoor residential practices.

Research Team

Jessica Cattelino
Anthropology, Social Sciences

Rachel Lee
Gender Studies, Social Sciences;
English, Humanities

Other Collaborators

Center for the Study of Women

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