Millennials twice as likely to call themselves feminists than their parents’ generation

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The millennial generation are twice as likely to call themselves feminists than their parents’ generation, a new survey has revealed.

Released on International Women’s Day, the survey by Plan International UK shows that those aged between 18 to 34 would be significantly more likely to describe themselves as ‘feminists’.

Of those polled, 43 per cent of 18 to 34 year olds said they either ‘somewhat’ or ‘completely’ considered themselves as a feminist.

However, the percentage reduced significantly within the older generations. Of those aged 45 to 54, 23 per cent said they described themselves as a feminist, while only 21 per cent of 55 to 64 year olds and 19 per cent of over 65s agreed.

The survey also revealed that one in ten people still say they don’t believe in gender equality. When asked whether they believed that men and women ‘should be treated equally and enjoy the same rights’, around nine out of ten people across all age groups agreed.

However, five per cent said they disagreed, while five per cent said they didn’t know.

Tanya Barron, Plan International UK’s chief executive said, “This International Women’s Day, the British public has shown itself to be pretty forward-thinking on gender equality, though we would encourage the roughly one in ten who don’t believe in equality to think again.”

“Here in the UK, we do know that feminism can be a challenging word for some people.”

“It’s really interesting to see the growing acceptance of the term among younger groups.”

“Personally, I feel inspired that we will be seeing more and more avowed feminists entering into leadership roles in the future.”

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