Sex Roles

, Volume 50, Issue 11–12, pp 771–779

Predictors and Correlates of Collective Action



Social identity theory suggests that feminist identity should predict engagement in collective action on behalf of women. We examined predictors of collective action by asking female college students (N = 215) to complete a set of questionnaires that measure life experiences, beliefs about feminism and collective action, feminist self-labeling, and involvement in women-focused collective activities. Life experiences (i.e., having a feminist mother, having taken a women's studies class, and having experienced sex discrimination), feminist attitudes and beliefs, feminist self-labeling, and belief in collective action were positively correlated with collective action, whereas conservatism was negatively correlated with collective action. A logistic stepwise regression revealed that the Synthesis stage of feminist identity development was the only variable that uniquely contributed to predicting feminist activism.

collective action feminist self-labeling feminist identity development 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mary Washington CollegeFredericksburg
  2. 2.University of Connecticut

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