Identifying as a feminist 2017, by country

More than half of the world’s population identify as feminists - in India alone, over 80 percent of respondents very much or somewhat agreed that they defined themselves as feminists. Surprisingly, this number is much lower in developed countries like the United States or Germany (with not even 40 percent of respondents agreeing), which might be due to the bad reputation feminism - wrongfully – has.

But are some really more equal than others?

Despite its deceptive title, feminism is not about establishing superiority of women – its core concept is equality for all, no matter their sex, gender, or orientation. Achieving this equality means championing women with more force and verve than has been done before, since today’s societies are deeply patriarchal – i.e. they favor men over women. Critics often misinterpret this support of women as an attempt to suppress and attack men – when in fact, feminism and equality for all benefits them as well.

The country of the poets and thinkers seems stuck

In Germany, feminism is on the rise, but traditional gender roles and insufficient information still hinder progress. Only a third of German women, and even fewer German men, define themselves as feminist, while at the same time, over 70 percent of women and almost 60 percent of men would agree that gender equality is important to them. Still, they are not convinced that discrimination against women is ending anytime soon. Most of all, they say, reallocating responsibility and adjusting payrolls would help to achieve a feminist society.

Would you define yourself as a feminist - someone who advocates and supports equal opportunities for women?

Share of respondents who agree
Total58%
India83%
China74%
Italy70%
South Africa69%
France65%
Spain63%
Sweden61%
United States61%
Peru60%
Australia60%
Mexico59%
Serbia59%
Canada59%
Great Britain58%
Argentina58%
Belgium56%
Turkey54%
Poland54%
Brazil51%
South Korea49%
Hungary46%
Japan42%
Russia39%
Germany37%
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Source

In cooperation with
Ipsos
Release date

June 2017

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

January/February 2017

Number of respondents

17,551 respondents

Age group

16-64 years

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

The source worded the question as follows : "To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: I define myself as a feminist--someone who advocates and supports equal opportunities for women "

Adults aged 16/18 -64 across Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.

This stat shows the share of respondents who "very much agreed" or "somewhat agreed". It does not include the share of respondents who disagreed.

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