Date of Award

Spring 4-18-2023

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science and International Affairs

Department Chair or Program Director

Dr. Rosalyn Cooperman

First Advisor

Dr. Emile Lester

Second Advisor

Dr. Melina Patterson

Major or Concentration

Political Science


The paper focuses on the differences in transportation systems between the United States and Vienna, Austria. Research shows that women have been an overlooked group of people within cities. Due to this, cities have not been designed for them and an example of this is transportation. Some cities like Vienna, Austria have made it their mission to create gender-equitable cities. To better understand this problem women were interviewed who had experience in the Viennese and American systems to analyze the differences. Also, certain government agencies were contacted to understand this problem from a governance standpoint. All of the interviews supported the findings in the research which is that there is a serious problem with American transportation systems and that it is not a priority for this country. However, the United States cities can better themselves by looking to places like Vienna and modeling their changes after a successful program.