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Women's Social Identity Survey

How old are you?

What is your current occupation?

In what province or state do you currently reside?
or


To what racial or ethnic group do you belong? (If you are bi/multiracial please select all that apply)









What is the highest level of education you completed?

What is your annual income before taxes?

What is your household annual income before taxes?

What are your current living arrangements?










Are you

Do you identify as

Do you consider yourself to be a feminist?

Are you currently involved in an intimate committed relationship?

If you are in a committed relationship how long have you been with your current partner? years months

If you are in a committed relationship how satisfied are you with that relationship?

Please answer the questions below to the best of your ability. There are no right or wrong answers. To ensure confidentiality, once you exit the survey you will not be able to go back to your responses. If you must stop before you are finished, just come back to the survey and go to the point in the questions where you left off. Please note the approximate day and time you first started the survey, and leave that information in “comments” section at the end of the survey. Thank you for participating!

For the following questions please consider your overall attitudes or feelings.

1. I have a lot in common with other women


2. I feel strong ties to other women


3. I find it difficult to form a bond with other women


4. I don’t feel a sense of being connected to other women


5. I often think about the fact that I am a woman


6. Overall, being a woman has very little to do with how I feel about myself


7. In general, being a woman is an important part of my self-image


8. The fact that I am a woman rarely enters my mind


9. In general, I am glad to be a woman


10. I often regret that I am a woman


11. I don’t feel good about being a woman


12. Generally, I feel good when I think about myself as a woman


13. In the future the relationship between men and women could be quite different from what it is now


14. When it comes to sex-roles and the relationship between men and women, things will always be pretty much the way they are now




The following group of questions is about your life generally. Please choose the response that best matches your feelings.

1. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life as a whole


2. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your relationships with friends


3. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your relationships with family


4. If employed, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your job


5. If employed, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your relationships with coworkers




For the following questions please consider your overall attitudes or feelings.

1. I feel that many times women flirt with men just to tease them or hurt them


2. I believe that most women tell the truth


3. I usually find myself agreeing with other women


4. I think that most women would lie to get ahead


5. It is generally safer not to trust women too much


6. When it really comes down to it, a lot of women are deceitful


7. I am easily angered by other women


8. I am sure I get a raw deal from the other women in my life


9. Sometimes other women bother me by just being around


10. Other women are responsible for most of my troubles




For the following questions please consider your overall attitudes or beliefs.

1. Although women were typically denied jobs 50 years ago, it rarely happens today


2. The women’s movement served its purpose, but discrimination against women is no longer a problem


3. Women still need to work harder than men to achieve the same things


4. Although it is more subtle than it used to be, women still experience discrimination


5. Society no longer treats women as inferior to men


6. Any discrimination that still exists today will be gone within 5-10 years


7. Discrimination toward women is extensive and continues to be widespread


8. Most women have only themselves to blame for not doing better in life




The following items ask about your opinions of yourself on the whole.

1. I feel I am a person of worth, at least on an equal basis with others


2. I feel that I have a number of good qualities


3. All in all, I am inclined to feel that I am a failure


4. I am able to do things as well as most people


5. I feel that I do not have much to be proud of


6. I take a positive attitude toward myself


7. On the whole, I am satisfied with myself


8. I wish I could have more respect for myself


9. I certainly feel useless on the whole


10. At times, I think I am no good at all




For the following questions please consider your overall attitudes or feelings.

1. When someone criticizes women it feels like a personal insult


2. I’m very interested in what others think about women


3. When I talk about women, I usually say “we” instead of “they”


4. Women’s successes are my successes


5. When someone praises women, it feels like a personal compliment


6. I act like most women to a great extent


7. If a story in the media criticized women, I would feel embarrassed


8. I don’t act like a typical woman


9. I have a number of qualities typical of women


10. The limitations associated with women apply to me also




1. Approximately how much time do you spend thinking about being a woman?
Hardly ever Very Frequently

2. Approximately how much time do you spend thinking about what you have in common with women?
Hardly ever Very Frequently

3. Please read the following statements and choose the ONE that best describes you.










For the following questions please consider your overall attitudes. Please choose the response that best matches your choice.

1. When I get what I want it is usually because I work hard for it


2. When I make plans I am almost certain to make them work


3. I prefer games involving some luck over games requiring pure skill


4. I can learn almost anything if I put my mind to it


5. My major accomplishments are entirely due to my hard work and ability


6. I usually don’t set goals because I have a hard time following through on them


7. Competition discourages excellence


8. Often people get ahead just by being lucky


9. On any sort of exam or competition I like to know how well I do relative to everyone else


10. It is pointless to keep working on something that’s too difficult for me


11. By taking an active part in political and social affairs we can control world events


12. The average citizen can have an influence on government decisions


13. It is difficult for people to have much control over the things politicians do in office


14. Bad economic conditions are caused by world events that are beyond our control


15. With enough effort we can wipe out political corruption


16. One of the major reasons we have wars is because people don’t take enough interest in politics


17. There is nothing we, as consumers, can do to keep the cost of living from getting higher


18. When I look at it carefully I realize that it is impossible to have an important influence over what big businesses do


19. I prefer to concentrate my energy on other things rather than on solving the world’s problems


20. In the long run we, the voters, are responsible for bad government on a national as well as a local level




Next to each statement below, please select the response that best applies to your relationship with women as a group.

1. I feel a sense of belonging to the community of women


2. I feel better about myself after my interactions with women


3. If women know something is bothering me, they ask me about it


4. Women are not free to just be themselves


5. I feel understood by women


6. I feel mobilized to personal action after meetings with women


7. There are parts of myself I feel I must hide from other women


8. It seems as if women really like me as a person


9. There is a lot of backbiting and gossip among women


10. Women are very competitive with each other


11. I have a greater sense of self-worth through my connection with women


12. My connections with women are so inspiring that they motivate me to pursue relationships with others


13. Women have shaped my identity in many ways


14. Women provide me with emotional support




Generally, how often do you participate in the following activities?

1. Discuss women’s issues with friends or colleagues


2. Volunteer for groups aimed to help women


3. Make a conscious attempt to use non-sexist language


4. Correct other’s use of sexist language


5. Donate money to women’s events or organizations aimed at women’s issues


6. Belong to an organization or group that deals with women’s issues


7. Attend women’s meetings, talks, or workshops


8. Sign a petition regarding a women’s issue


9. Act as a spokesperson for a particular women’s issue


10. Spend time working for a women’s issue or campaign, e.g. fundraising


11. Raise women’s issues in groups or organizations


12. Read articles, journals or watch films about women’s issues


13. Attend demonstrations, protests or rallies about women’s issues


14. Contact a government representative or the media (e.g. radio, TV, newspaper) regarding a women’s issue


15. Break the law for a political purpose (e.g., block the road with a street demonstration)




For the following questions please consider your overall attitudes. Please choose the response that best matches your choice.

1. I think basically the world is a just place


2. I believe that, by and large, people get what they deserve


3. I am confident that justice always prevails over injustice


4. I am convinced that in the long run people will be compensated for injustices


5. I firmly believe that injustices in all areas of life (e.g., professional, family, politics) are the exception rather than the rule


6. I think people try to be fair when making important decisions




1. To what extent do you consider yourself a feminist?
Not at all Very much

2. To what extent do you consider yourself someone who is actively involved in promoting women's issues?
Not at all Very much

3. To what extent do you feel women should work together as a group or as individuals for social change?
As an individual Together as a group

4. To what extent would you describe yourself as a traditional or a non-traditional woman?
Traditional Non-traditional



For the following questions please consider your overall attitudes or feelings. Please choose the response that best matches your choice.

1. What happens to women generally in this country will have something to do with what happens in my life


2. Things that are true of my life as a woman are true for most women


3. When I hear about a woman who was raped, I think “that could have been me”


4. When I talk to other women I frequently feel as if we have a lot in common just by being female


5. As women, we particularly need to support legislation that helps other women


6. Women really cannot trust other women with their romantic partners (e.g., boyfriends, husbands, same-sex partners)


7. One should never trust a woman’s account of another woman


8. It is a shame when a woman neglects her female friends for her male friends


9. Women have a bond with one another that is stronger than women’s bond with men


10. The only thing that women have in common is the fact that they can give birth to children


11. I have a strong personal sense of justice


12. I often evaluate social circumstances in terms of whether they are just


13. I am bothered by the amount of injustice in the world


14. I have strong opinions about what I believe is just




We are all members of different social groups or categories. Some groups refer to one's gender, race, and ethnicity. For the following statements please consider your gender group and respond with how you feel about being a member of the category "women." Choose the response that best matches your feelings.

1. I am a worthy member of my gender group


2. Overall, women are considered good by others


3. I feel I don’t have much to offer women as a group


4. Most people consider women, on the average, to be more ineffective than men


5. I am a cooperative participant in my gender group


6. Overall, I often feel that women are not worthwhile


7. In general, others respect women


8. Being a woman is an important reflection of who I am


9. Being a woman is unimportant to my sense of what kind of person I am


10. I often feel I am a useless member of my gender group


11. I feel good about being a woman


12. In general, others think that women are unworthy




The following items ask about your opinions of yourself on the whole. Please choose the response that best matches your choice.

1. In most ways my life is close to ideal


2. The conditions of my life are excellent


3. I am satisfied with my life


4. So far I have gotten the important things I want in life


5. If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing




For the following questions please consider your overall attitudes or feelings. Please choose the response that best matches your choice.

1. I do not fit in well with other women


2. When I'm with other women I feel like an outsider


3. I feel uneasy with other women


4. As a woman, I feel isolated


5. Working with other women is usually more trouble than it's worth


6. Even though I'm a woman, I do not feel particularly connected to other women


7. I prefer to spend my free time with other women


8. I generally like women more than men


9. My most rewarding friendships are with other women


10. I am more likely to help a woman than I am to help a man


11. It is more important that I establish good relationships with women than with men


12. The natural family is the fundamental unit of our society


13. Maintaining family values is more important than women’s rights


14. Preservation of traditional values is very important




For the following questions please consider your overall attitudes or feelings. Please choose the response that best matches your choice.

1. Stereotypes about women have not affected me personally


2. I never worry that my behaviour will be viewed as stereotypically female


3. When interacting with men I feel like they interpret all of my behaviours in terms of the fact that I am a woman


4. Most men do not judge women on the basis of their gender


5. My being female does not influence how men act with me


6. I almost never think about the fact that I am female when I interact with men


7. My being female does not influence how people act with me


8. Most men have a lot more sexist thoughts than they actually express


9. I often think that men are unfairly accused of being sexist


10. Most men have a problem viewing women as equals




1. If employed, approximately what percent of your coworkers are women?













2. Thinking about your closest friends, what percent are women?













3. Thinking about how you spend your leisure or recreational time, what percent is with women?













4. Thinking about organizations or groups that you belong to, overall what percent of the members are women?















We belong to many different groups of people. For example, we can belong to the group women, working class, etc. For this question, I ask you to think about the different groups that you belong to. First, from the list below please indicate (by checking the box in the first column) all of the groups you feel you belong to. If you do not belong to the listed group just leave it blank. Second, of those groups you indicated, rate on the 5-point scale the extent to which you identify with each group (from 0 = “Not at all” to 4 = “Very much”). Third, of those that you choose please indicate whether you feel that the group as a whole has 1 = “too much influence,” 2 = “just about the right amount of influence,” or 3 = “not enough influence” by selecting the number that matches your choice in the section labeled STEP 3. You do not need to answer the influence section (step 3) for the groups you do not belong to.

Step 1: Belong to?Step 2: Identify with?Step 3: Influence?
0Not at all Very muchToo much Not enough

0
Not at all Very muchToo much Not enough

0
Not at all Very muchToo much Not enough

0
Not at all Very muchToo much Not enough

0
Not at all Very muchToo much Not enough

0
Not at all Very muchToo much Not enough

0
Not at all Very muchToo much Not enough

0
Not at all Very muchToo much Not enough

0
Not at all Very muchToo much Not enough

0
Not at all Very muchToo much Not enough

0
Not at all Very muchToo much Not enough

0
Not at all Very muchToo much Not enough



For the following questions please consider your overall attitudes. Please choose the response that best matches your choices.

1. I believe that, by and large, I deserve what happens to me


2. I am usually treated fairly


3. I believe that I usually get what I deserve


4. Overall, events in my life are just


5. In my life injustice is the exception rather than the rule


6. I believe that most of the things that happen in my life are fair


7. I think that important decisions that are made concerning me are usually just


8. The world is always changing and we should adjust our view of moral behaviour to those changes


9. We should be more tolerant of people who choose to live according to their own moral standards, even if they are very different from our own


10. The newer lifestyles are contributing to the breakdown of society


11. This country would have many fewer problems if there were more emphasis on traditional family ties




For the following questions please choose the response that best describes your experience.

Since you have been sexually active have your sexual experiences been ....












Is there more you would like to tell me about your relationship with other women? If so, please use the space provided below.



Thank you very much for participating in this survey. Please feel free to include any comments
you may have about the research in the space provided below.



A summary of the results will be posted by Fall 2005 at

http://www.uwindsor.ca/csenn