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Most American women identify as feminists — but what does it matter if we’re all stuck at home?

Young mother holding her newborn baby in the kitchen while the father works on his laptop in the foreground.
Young mother holding her newborn baby in the kitchen while the father works on his laptop in the foreground.

It’s an irony perfectly matched to the horror of 2020: The majority of American women now describe themselves as feminists, right as they’re being pushed out of the workforce and back into the kitchen.

A new Pew study shows that 61% of women in the United States identify as feminists, with about 20% of women saying the term describes them “very well” and more than 40% agreeing it describes them “somewhat” well. For women like me, who came of age in an era when feminism was a dirty word, this is incredible news. Finally, progress!

If only it didn’t come…

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