Feminist Identity vs. Feminist Values

Gabrielle Lemkuil Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Gregory Shufeldt Butler University
The perpetuating trend within the United States is one of Americans agreeing with commonly held feminist values, yet not self-identifying as feminist. This paper analyzes the relationship between feminist identify and feminist values. To do so I utilized an online survey administered through the platform Qualtrics. The survey included questions designed to tap into political attitudes and behaviors with each question being provided by a different student in an undergraduate research methods course. The 751 person sample size was recruited from Amazon's Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing program. The results showed that first, and predictably, feminists are more likely than non-feminist to agree with feminist values. However, looking strictly at self-identified non-feminists, feelings towards the term ‘feminism’ directly correlates to agreement with women’s issues. If a non-feminist subject feels warmer towards feminism, they will be more likely to agree with women’s issues and vice versa. There arises an interesting population of Americans who do not have negative feelings towards feminists and align with their values, yet do not themselves identify with the term. There is something in the label of feminism that people tend to disassociate from. The results from this study illustrate not only the American public’s opinion towards feminism, but also gender equality. Knowing how the two are related can help feminist, and non-feminist, further educate themselves and examine why it is people feel the way they feel, and how America can move towards a more just, united future.
Political Science
Oral Presentation

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11:00 AM
Jordan Hall 172