USA – Survey Finds Over l/2 of Women Voters Are Feminists
Author: Womens UN Report Network
Date: March 18, 2013
USA – STUDY FINDS OVER l/2 OF WOMEN
VOTERS SAY THEY ARE “FEMINISTS”
According to a
poll commissioned by Ms.
palpable resurgence of feminism amongst female voters in the
increased by a full nine points since the last survey was conducted in 2008. As
it stands, 55% of female voters call themselves feminist, and the number is
even greater amongst young women. According to Ms. Magazine:
“Speaking of younger women [under the age of 30], a solid
majority of them (58 percent) identify as feminists — as did 54 percent of
older women, nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of Democratic women and a
respectable 38 percent of Republican women. The feminist factor cuts across
race and ethnic lines, with a majority of
Moreover, the study found that women of color are more likely to
call themselves feminists. Almost three quarters of Latin-American women and
66% of African American female voters self-identify as feminists.
Moreover, feminist fever isn’t just affecting women; it’s tangible
amongst male voters too. The poll found that one in three male voters
self-identify as feminists.
The president of the FMF, Eleanor Smeal, explained that the survey results
highlight the significant and pivotal role of feminists as an interest group in
“As we move forward after the elections of 2012, it’s time to
acknowledge that it wasn’t just women who made a critical different in
reelecting President Barack Obama, but feminists.
It’s time to add another metric beyond the gender gap to our post-election
analysis: the Feminist Factor.”
Many are expecting (hum hoping) that Hilary Clinton will run in
2016. As the probability of a female running for office becomes farther from
fantasy and closer to reality, will the feminist factor intensify? Can a
self-identified feminist presidential candidate make feminism totally