I perused the think tank “The Heritage Foundation.” It falls under the second category of being privately funded; it relies on individuals, foundations, and corporations, which choose to make monetary contributions. It has over 710,000 individual members, which makes it the most broadly supported think tank in the U.S. It is a public policy think tank with a conservative focus. The conservative ideals, which it seeks to highlight in all of its policies, are free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. This think tank operates thanks to its staff, which is constantly researching the most up-to-date, important policy issues and communicating their findings to members of Congress, policymakers in the executive branch, the media, and academia.
I think if I had to pick one of the three types of think tanks to work for, I’d pick a University/Research funded think tank. This would be ideal because I would directly be contributing to an academic community dedicated to studying the think tank’s area of focus. I feel that would be most rewarding because I would be helping to provide endless resources to developing minds, which are going to enter the world and hopefully use this information to contribute in the respective field.
The topic I would probably like most to explore in a think tank is gender inequality in the workforce. I feel the statistics we viewed for WalMart’s wages broken down by gender truly reveal how extreme gender discrimination still is today in the workplace. I often feel people try and make excuses for this and try and justify it, but I think there are plenty of statistics and information that can be pointed to which further expose how major a problem this still is today. It is so frustrating that today in the 21st century we are still dealing with this issue, but half the battle is getting individuals to recognize that this inequality is still very much present today and to be aware of it and fight it.