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ERIC Number: ED072379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 26
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Societal and Familial Supports in the Development of Feminists.
Acker, Joan; Howard, Mary
The research presented in this study examines who feminists are and what kinds of life experiences may have contributed to the process of becoming a feminist. A discussion of the barriers to the emergence of a women's movement and a reconsideration of some current explanations of the emergence of a movement at this particular historical moment provide some context for a study of the social development of feminists. Criterion for selecting study subjects was self-identification in terms of commitment and action; in all, 54 women were interviewed, all of whom were students at the time of the interviews and were from predominantly middle class homes. The composite picture of the contemporary feminist which emerges from the research is described in terms of three non-exclusive and sometimes mutually reinforcing models: the bright academic, the father's girl, and the early independent. While the process of becoming a feminist was most often a gradual evolution rather than a sudden conversion, most of the respondents were able to cite specific events and periods during their lives when they became conscious of their oppression as women. (Author/SES)
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Note: Revision of a paper titled "On Becoming a Feminist". Presented at annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, New Orleans, 1972