Choose three women who are not related to you to interview in person, by phone or Zoom/Skype (not by email or another written format). It is good to interview someone you don’t know very well. You may select neighbors, friends, colleagues at work or school.
Decide what individuals you will be interviewing and make sure each person is willing to be interviewed. Specify the amount of time it will take to complete the interview (preferably no more than 10-15 minutes). Ask if you can take notes during the interview. You should take some notes, but also need to focus on each person while you are conducting the interviews. Listen to what the women are saying to you. Allow sometime after the interview to take more extensive notes so you don’t forget the information.
Schedule the interview. A face-to-face interview is highly preferable. If necessary, a phone interview can be conducted. You can also use Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype.
Interview. Conduct the interview.
Some Ideas for Interview Questions
How do you define leisure? What are (or have been) the most meaningful leisure or recreation activities in your life? What do you love to do in your free time?
How has your leisure changed over the lifespan (i.e., in childhood, teenage years, before and after marriage, before and after children were raised)?
How were you raised to think about women and leisure (socially acceptable activities, need for quality leisure, norms and social expectations)?
How do/did other people in your life (family and friends) influence your leisure today and in the past?
What does feminism mean to you and how has it influenced your life?
How do you (or have you) balanced your work, family, and leisure? What priorities do these three areas have in your life?
What do you want your work and leisure to be like in the future? What do you want work and leisure to be like for children in the future?
Other topics . . . questions should relate to women, leisure and the concepts we have been studying in class such as leisure gap, sexism, discrimination, privilege, racism, body image, how to make societal changes, etc.
Write a paper summarizing what you learned and making a direct connection with a minimum of three concepts from the textbook.
Minimum of 1,000 words, write full sentences in paragraph form with no direct quotes (do NOT use question/answer format to write your paper). Double-space your paper, indent the first line in each paragraph, provide APA format in-text citations for the interviews (N. White, personal communication, September 10, 2018) and a full APA format citation for the textbook at the end of the paper.
Who did you interview (first names, ages, career)? How did it go? What answers surprised you? Did you learn anything new from this person? What is the biggest takeaway or life lesson you received from this interview?
How does each woman’s experience compare with the information you read in the textbook? Make a connection with a minimum of three concepts from the assigned reading that you have not discussed in previous papers.
Sources are the 3 interviews and the textbook which will be a total of 4 sources.
Present your findings in class.