Understanding Feminist Activism among Women: Resources, Consciousness, and Social Networks

Eric Swank, Breanne Fahs

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This study examines whether women’s feminist activism is connected to three key factors: sufficient educational and financial resources, the internalization of a feminist consciousness, and being involved in feminist mobilization structures. Analysis of the 2012 American National Election Survey (N = 1,876) suggests that participation and engagement in the women’s movement is least common among less educated women and stay-at-home mothers. Feminist activism is also grounded in the perceptions of systematic forms of oppression, an emotional bond to feminists, and being embedded in political or women-centered organizations. There was also little evidence that involvement in the women’s movement is shaped by women’s age, marital status, income level, sexual identity, or race.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2017


  • activism
  • feminism
  • political participation
  • race
  • sexual identity
  • social movements
  • women’s movement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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