College women aren’t feminist enough… yet?

Kate Cronin-Furman & Mira Rapp-Hooper on why young women are not excited about electing a woman President:

Looking around in college or grad school, it’s easy to believe that, in the United States at least, gender equality has largely been achieved. It was for us: We both self-identified as feminists from an early age, but it was a feminism mostly concerned with solidarity—with survivors of wartime sexual violence, with women campaigning against female genital mutilation in their communities, with girls forced to work inside the home instead of going to school. It didn’t feel like our rights or well-being on the line.

But it turned out they were — we just didn’t know it yet. …Because once women enter the professional world, the rosy picture of progress begins to dull.

…These dynamics can be a rude awakening for young women who have excelled all their lives, often at institutions that have invested resources, time, and attention into recruiting promising women. They’re experiencing something we call “late-breaking sexism.” It’s the sudden realization that you don’t have the same opportunities as a man, that you will struggle to have both a family and a career, that your participation in the public sphere will always be caveated by your gender.