In previous posts to this blog I have explored the relationship between feminism and female happiness by summarizing findings from studies that examine this relationship on the national level and longitudinal level, as well as how various feminist practices (such as holding non-traditional beliefs about marriage, earning more than one’s husband, working full-time, etc.) impact women’s psychological well-being.
Part of this general topic of feminism and happiness was the direct association between a woman being a feminist and being happy. When we last left off this issue was unresolved with different studies coming to different conclusion and none of them containing a representative sample of females or employing controls for confounding variables. In this post I will be presenting an analysis of survey data from General Social Survey (GSS). The GSS is a large scale and representative survey of American adults living in households and has been providing demographic and sociological data on a wide variety of topics since 1972…
In the past, studies explored the relationship between happiness and feminism with unrepresentative samples of women and failed to control for confounding variables. This analysis corrects these errors by using a representative sample of 770 women from the U.S. as well as including a regression analysis that controls for potentially confounding variables. With these corrections we find that being a feminist is not statistically significantly associated with happiness. Taking together the findings of previous studies along with the current findings it seems increasingly unlikely that there is any substantial association between feminism and happiness among women.
Anon (2016). Feminism and Happiness: Findings from the General Social Survey. Of Psych and Society. Available https://ofpsychandsociety.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/feminism-and-happiness-findings-from-the-general-social-survey/. Last accessed 30th Jul 2017