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Sunday, March 8 • 10:05am - 11:20am
Adolescent Girls’ Perspectives of Feminism and Activism

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Despite evidence indicating that many young women are engaged in activism behaviors (Taft, 2008), many adults minimize the potential role that youth can play in creating social change. Understanding adolescent girls’ perceptions about activism and their rationale for identifying (or not identifying) as an activism can provide insights into youth activism. Further, cultural debates about feminism, including campaigns in which individuals proclaim their anti-feminism stance, lead many to assume that most young women reject feminism. This assumption may neglect the perspectives of adolescent girls who do see a place for themselves within the feminist movement and can oversimplify potentially nuanced conversations about feminism, activism and effective ways to engage in social change work. Method Interviews were conducted as part of a larger mixed-methods study examining the impact of an activism program with high school students attending an all girls' school. The program consisted of seven workshops examining social issues and teaching activism skills. Students participated in individual interviews on the last day of the program during which they discussed their perspectives regarding activism and feminism, whether they identified as an activist and/or feminist, as well as what they learned from the program. Results Interview are being analyzed by a team of researchers using grounded theory (Charmaz, 2006). Preliminary results suggests that the themes will consist of 1) changes in perceptions due to the program, 2) definitions of activism, 3) definitions of feminism, 4) intentions to engage in activism, 5) feminist identity, 6) activist identity, and 7) barriers to activism. Frequencies of the individual categories and quotes from the girls will be reported. Discussion We will discuss implications of our findings, including examining the role that young women can play in feminist activism and ways that they choose to engage in social change work.


Sunday March 8, 2015 10:05am - 11:20am
Crystal