I am finally beginning to narrow in on a lit review topic, but currently am still searching fairly broadly on the topic of women’s role in the civil service. More specifically, looking to see if there has been any research to see that high or fair levels of women involvement in the public sector lead to a less corrupt and more efficient bureaucracy. There is a lot of literature about women and politics and how that can *potentially* reduce rates of corruption, although some argue there is not enough evidence to make that argument. I was also able to find a really interesting study about gender titled “Transformative Empowerment in the Lagos State Civil Service: A Gender Policy Discourse” which makes the claim that “The empowerment and autonomy of women and the improvement of women’s social, economic and political status is essential for the achievement of both transparent and accountable government and administration” which is exactly what I hope to look into. Moreover, I found another study that uses Brazil as an example for streamlining gender as a way to combat petty corruption which is interesting since I hope to analyze the Brazil data set for my final project. So although I still have a lot of literature to parse through, I am excited about the possible trajectories of the lit review and corresponding final project.