A mixed-methods study on employment within a feminist non-profit organization


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Towson University. Social Sciences Program

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This thesis explores the mechanisms that drive individuals employed in non-profit feminist organizations to be proponents of social change. The means to recruit additional support for women's rights is clarified by examining individual and group motivations. Quantitative and qualitative data was collected from 60 individuals currently employed in a feminist nonprofit organization. The findings provide insight into reasons why men and women actively engage in women's advocacy roles. The outcomes suggest there are two consistent characteristics that identify support of feminism: a liberal political orientation and a high educational attainment. In addition, emphasizing female kinship relationships may have a positive effect on male support of feminism. Further, reframing women's rights as a human rights issue may attract and recruit a broader community of individuals.