Ever wondered about the UK feminist community?

// 6 April 2009

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I have.

For example: What issues concern today’s feminists? What do they think about the feminist movement today? How old are they? Who inspires them, what actions do they take part in, and how did they end up calling themselves feminists in the first place? What about their level of education, views on religion, or location in the UK?

Wouldn’t it be fascinating to find out?

Well, that’s what myself and Dr Kristin Aune are trying to do, with our survey of UK feminists – including you, dear readers of The F Word.

We’ve been promoting our survey round some of the conferences and events this year and last year, as well as approaching various groups and organisations directly. So, you may have come across us already. If you have, and taken the time to complete the survey, THANK YOU so much.

For those who haven’t come across it yet, the research is being conducted by myself, Catherine Redfern (hi!) and Dr. Kristin Aune, a lecturer in sociology at the University of Derby. We plan to report the results in a book we are co-writing (to be published by the wonderful Zed Books in 2010) as well as other popular and academic formats.

Through this research, we want to learn more about feminists today: who they are, what they think, what issues are important to them and what activities they’re involved in. We believe this is the first major survey of contemporary UK feminists and are keen for as many people to contribute as possible.

It will take a while for the results to be finished, but we hope that this will be of interest to the feminist community and we hope to be able to share the results with you as much as we can.

We have many hundreds of responses so far and I can’t thank you all strongly enough. Having seen some of the results so far, it’s absolutely fascinating reading.

So, if you’re interested in taking part, please click here to go to the survey.

Thank you!

Comments From You

Saranga // Posted 7 April 2009 at 9:13 am

Great idea. I shall fill it out later )when not at work!) I could post a link to it on my blog if you wanted? But, knowing the internet, you might end up with answers from non UK people, even though I would clearly state it’s for UK feminists only.

Hannah // Posted 7 April 2009 at 11:02 am

I’m looking forward to seeing the results of this, having filled it in a while back :)

Catherine Redfern // Posted 10 April 2009 at 10:38 am

WOW. Over 550 of you have completed the survey online, bringing our total ever closer to 1000! This is amazing, thank you everyone. Keep ’em coming!

@Hannah, thanks!

Catherine Redfern // Posted 10 April 2009 at 10:39 am

@Saranga, thanks for your kind comments! Yeah, I expect that a few people might get a bit confused, but I’m sure if you make it really clear then hopefully it will cut down any non-Uk answers. Thank you!

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