Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-2017

Capstone Advisor

Shana Gadarian

Honors Reader

Danielle Thomsen

Capstone Major

Political Science

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Political Science


This project explores the relationship between political ideology, feminist selfidentification and support for feminist policy. The purpose of this research is to help explain why millennials reject the feminist label despite holding positive attitudes towards feminist policy. A survey of 312 Syracuse University students is used to study this relationship. Consistent with my hypothesis, I find that compared to conservatives, liberals are more likely to identify as feminist and support feminist policy. However, I also find that among liberals and conservatives, support for feminist policies is greater than self-identification as a feminist and the gap between selfidentification as a feminist and support for feminist policy is greater among conservatives. I conclude that while there are significant differences in policy preferences between liberals and conservatives on abortion, scholars and feminists should recognize common ground on the issue of equal pay to help bring more conservatives into the feminist movement.

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