Most college women think the public doesn’t take college activism seriously.
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Passionate, smart people will always find each other and find a way to make a difference. That's something we can count on.
But, most interesting and important of all, is the sheer depth of experiences and causes represented by and advocated for by college activists. These are young people who recognize how the lived experiences of their peers from different racial, gender, religious and sociopolitical backgrounds inform their long and short term goals and their strategies for achieving them.
These are young people who already have the tools to collaborate and educate one another in innovative and intersectional ways — and they're more than ready to challenge apathy and oppression on campus and off.
Even if they don’t participate in activism, college women feel comfortable with the language of social justice.
Header photo: Teri Bradford, Chatham
90 Days...Then What: Katie Sall, ISU
Diversity is Strength: Theresa Shim, U Waterloo
We The People print: Katie Sall, ISU
Love Trumps Hate: Katie Sall, ISU
Hate Against 1 is Hate Against All: Katie Sall, ISU
Support Our Muslim Redbirds: Katie Sall, ISU
Nasty Women Make (Her) Story: Erica Maybaum
Consent is Hot: Erica Maybaum
#BlackLivesMatter: The All-Nite Images
Love Wins: Elvert Barnes
We're All People: Theresa Shim, U Waterloo
Stand Up Against Islamophobia crowd: Teri Bradford, Chatham
The Bottom Line photo: Theresa Shim, U Waterloo
The bottom line?
Our current president has made a BIG difference on college campuses across the country.
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Produced and Designed by Erica Maybaum
And these are the most popular forms of activism happening on campus:
But they believe in it.
College students feel good about activism.
Specifically we were curious to know, what does activism really mean for today's college women? Is it something that feels limited to the radical fringes or is today's activism in the mainstream and just a part of life for these women? What are the causes that light a fire in the hearts of today's college woman and how do they intersect with the work of their peers? We anonymously surveyed over 300 young women from all across the country, then followed up with a group of them to go even deeper.
Read on for our findings — then join the conversation and share your thoughts on the future of campus activism (and all the ways we can be better) using #HerActivism.
56% of college women have participated in campus activism, whether just one time or every day.
Campus activism is not just alive, but growing on college campuses across the country — and it's nuanced as hell.
College women are most likely to participate in activism related to these causes:
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