According to a new research conducted by the Young Women’s Trust, more young women than ever now call themselves feminists.
This is the result of a survey carried out for Young Women’s Trust by Populus Data Solutions from 25th June – 11th July 2019 with approximately 2000 young women aged 18 to 30 in England and Wales, alongside a comparison group of 2000 young men
The charity has revealed that the number of young women who identify as a feminist in 2019 has increased by 12% from the previous year.
To be more precise, 67% of young women aged 18-24 now call themselves feminist (which approximates 1.8 million young women in the UK). And for those in the 18-30 age bracket, there has also been an increase in the number of self-declared feminists from 50 per cent to 57 per cent.
But why now?
The Young Women’s Trust suggests this is because younger women are increasingly aware of the inequalities they face in day to day life. Indeed, 64 per cent of young women agreed that sexism is a major problem in the UK – while in 2018 this figure was only 58 per cent.
Moreover, support from charity campaigns and the increasing popularity of the #MeToo movement, founded in 2006, have highlighted the urgent need for change.
Young Women’s Trust Chief Executive Sophie Walker said in a press statement: “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.”
Sophie added: “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.”