The word “feminist” brings with it an undeniably negative stigma, which could be even more accentuated by the world today’s women experience. The present study sought to explore the correlation between a woman’s choice to self-label as a feminist and her attitudes toward women. Participants reported how strongly they agreed with the statement "I am a feminist" and then completed the Attitudes Toward Women scale (Spence, 1972). It was hypothesized that self-labeling feminists would score significantly higher on the ATW scale. However, all participants reported pro-feminist scores, but only 30 percent also self-labeled. This suggests that women may still be apprehensive to associate with the word “feminist”; even if their attitudes reflect feminist ideals.
Harrold, Mycah. "Feminist Self-Labeling & Attitudes Toward Women." Poster presented at the Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University, May 31, 2012.
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