Knowing feminism: the significance of higher education to women’s narratives of ‘becoming feminist’

Carly Joanne Guest*

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Educational spaces have long provided opportunities for politicisation and activism. However, research into the processes through which students become politicised can often focus on participation in recognised forms of political action, thereby ignoring the multiple factors active in developing a political consciousness. This paper draws on narrative interviews with feminist women to consider the importance of education to their experience of becoming feminist. It considers how, for a particular group of women who were all students or recent graduates of non-STEM disciplines, academic feminism formed an important part of their narrative of becoming feminist. Each of the women referred to having a long-standing feminist inclination, instinct or feeling and indicated that studying academic feminism offered them the tools for reflecting on and articulating this.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-476
Number of pages6
JournalGender and Education
Issue number3
Early online date4 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

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