HOW FAMILIAR ARE YOU WITH YOUR IDENTITY?
A change in the attitude of society is a prerequisite for bringing about any substantial change in the status of women in society. Since the role of women is most important and no nation can afford to ignore it. It becomes imperative to look into the fact of how women identify themselves as feminist. The present study is a descriptive survey to measure the feminist identity among prospective teachers. The purposive random sample consisted of 100 prospective female teachers. The sample was categorized into two groups, i.e. entrant and proficient groups. The major findings of the study were that in both the entrant and proficient groups the art streams respondents scored the highest average on feminist identity than the science group this could mean the subjects taught in arts gave more opportunity to students to learn about their identity in the patriarchal social system. It was also concluded that the art stream respondents might be at the ‘embeddedness- emanation stage’ where a woman immerses herself in cultural and intellectual contexts that are woman-oriented. Unlike the science stream respondents, which may be transiting from the earlier stage ‘passive acceptance stage’ to ‘embeddedness – emanation stage.’
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