Nearly 70 percent of young women aged 18-24 call themselves feminist and say that sexism is a major problem in the UK, according to new research by Young Women’s Trust.
The annual poll also revealed one in 10 young women took part in a protest or other form of activism in the last year, indicating a rise in civil and political protesting among those who feel ignored by decision makers.
The number of young women calling themselves feminists marks an increase of 12 percent from the previous year’s poll result.
Young Women’s Trust Chief Executive Sophie Walker said: “It’s fantastic to see so many young women reclaiming a word for so long falsely branded as toxic and now using it to assert their fight for equal rights.
“The failure of today’s politicians to respond to women’s needs, the rise of misogynistic populism and the resulting resurgence of activism from the Women’s March to #MeToo has encouraged many young women to take matters into their own hands.
“By asserting themselves as feminist – which let us be clear, is defined in the dictionary as a person who supports the belief that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men – young women are carrying on the work of women who won the right sit in Parliament and vote a century ago, and taking bold steps to assert their equality.”
The survey, which was carried out for Young Women’s Trust by Populus Data Solutions, found that a third of men (31 percent) aged 18-30 say they are a feminist. Among 18-30 year-old women, 57 percent identified themselves as feminist – up from 50 percent from 2018, a 14 percent increase or 380,000 more young women. Whereas younger women aged 18-24 (67 percent) were more likely to say they are a feminist than 25-30 year olds (46 percent), there was no difference between men in their late teens and early 20s and those in their mid and late 20s.
The poll was carried out for Young Women’s Trust by Populus Data Solutions from 25th June-11th July 2019 and samples 4025 people, half women, half men.