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Polls show how senior women feel about feminism

Which age group of women is most likely to identify as “Strong Feminist?”

Feb. 15, 2016 - Many women are today asking themselves about where they stand on feminism. The question is being pushed to the forefront in American politics by the emergence of Hillary Clinton as a leading candidate for President of the United States – a position never held by a woman. Senior women, in particular, may find the following poll results, which provide insight into what women of different ages are thinking, of very high interest.

These polls results are a part of a new Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation survey that explores what feminism means in today’s America. It provides a detailed look at the complex views that both women and men hold about the word and the social movement that bears its name.

In this SenorJournal.com article on the survey, we only present the polling results that show how the questions were answered by women in four different age groups.

Featured in the series of articles and interactive features online at The Washington Post, the new survey finds almost half of the public, including six in 10 women, identify themselves as either a “strong feminist” or a “feminist,” though many also believe the word has a negative connotation.

The survey also assesses the public’s priorities for improving women’s lives, their views on the relevance of the women’s movement, the role of government in promoting gender equality, their beliefs about discrimination, levels of social and civic engagement, and views on political and policy issues such as equal pay, birth control coverage, and abortion.

This survey is the 29th in a series of surveys over the past 20 years conducted as part of The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Project. A

The surveys in the series are designed and analyzed jointly by survey researchers at Kaiser and The Washington Post. Full survey results are available on the Foundation’s website here. The Washington Post articles and features on the survey findings are available at washingtonpost.com.

The Polling Results

Which age group of women are most likely to say they are strong feminist, or feminist?

It is those young seniors – those age 50 through 64. The youngest adult women (ages 18 through 34) were not far behind but just ahead of the senior citizens (age 65 and older). At the bottom, the least likely to declare as feminist, are those age 35 through 49.

Strong Feminist

Do you think the feminist movement today is focused on changes you want? Or not?

The senior citizens (65 and older) are back in the position senior citizens usually are in polling about change – that don’t think the movement is focused on changes they want. Senior just don’t like change. Among all age groups it was a stair step from the elderly at the bottom and the youngest adult women at the top (most in agreement with the change).

If feminism today “Outdated?”

Okay, you could have guessed that it is the youngest women who think it is not outdated. But, you may be surprised that it is not the oldest women who think it is. The two middle age groups of women from age 35 through 64 are most likely to say it is outdated.

 

Do you feel empowered by feminism?

Now the polls are aligned as usual again – the youngest women by a huge margin (83%) feel it empowers them. But this slides down to the oldest women (56%) who don’t feel the same.

Have you ever voted for a candidate because of his or her support for women’s rights?

Little bit of a surprise here. It is not the youngest who have made women’s rights an important voting issue, it is those 50 to 64-year-old seniors. Of course the least likely are those that have been voting the longest, the senior citizens 65 and older. Among all women, however, it has not been a hot button issue, only 40% have ever picked a candidate because they supported the rights of women.

Have you ever phoned, written or sent e-mail to a public official expressing your views on women’s rights?

And, only 14% of women have every contacted a public official expressing views on the rights of women. Again, however, it is those young seniors that are the most likely to have done this. The elderly women, however, were right on the average of 14%.

Have you ever expressed your views about women’s rights on a social media site like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?

Here is where the youngest women get active and oldest women disappear. It is a sliding scaled from the youngest to the oldest.

 

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