Author

Brightman

Date of Award

8-2005

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Caringella-MacDonald

Second Advisor

Dr. Zoann Synder

Third Advisor

Dr. Gwen Raaberg

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The research I am proposing is to gain a better understanding of current, individual feminist identity and the impact of that identity, more broadly, on current feminism. There is controversy in the current literature about the existence of a third wave of feminism and I believe this research will contribute to this discussion by exploring various individual experiences with feminism and how feminist identity fits into individuals lives. Gaining an understanding of young feminist identity and the individual meaning of feminism might help define the characteristics of this whole new generation of feminists in their own terms. Much progress and many changes have come from the previous feminist movements, so much so that a whole generation has grown up with the fruits of early feminist labor integrated into newer generations lives. This newer generation of women's experiences is radically different than that of the earlier generations. Therefore, further research is needed to understand the current environment in which feminist identities are formed.

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