Predictors of Feminist Activism among Social Work Students in the United States

Eric Swank, Breanne Fahs

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While social workers advocate against domestic violence, sexual harassment, and restrictive reproductive practices, there have been virtually no studies on the reasons behind their feminist activism. To address this oversight, this study documented the extent of feminist activism among American undergraduate social work students (n = 159). When moving to explanatory analysis, our data suggest that feminist activism was related to greater educational attainment, knowing activist peers, recognizing heterosexism, and internalizing a commitment to social justice. Moreover, electoral activism was tied to the rejection of traditional gender norms in the family and perceptions of social movement tactics were crucial to protesting for women's rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-532
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2014


  • Activism
  • Collective Behavior
  • Feminism
  • Political Participation
  • Self-concept
  • Social Movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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