By the Numbers: Gender, Feminism and the 2016 Presidential Election

This post is based on a full-length feature appearing in the Winter 2016 issue of Ms. Subscribe today to get a copy and become a member of the Ms. community!

Ms. commissioned, with the Feminist Majority Foundation, a poll conducted by Lake Research Partners on Nov. 6–8, 2016. The data we have available on gender and feminism from election night show that this heartbreaking presidential election had some silver linings. Here were some of our main findings.

feature image copyright Jenny Warburg.


Eleanor Smeal is president of the Feminist Majority Foundation and publisher of Ms. She appears frequently on television and radio, testifies before Congress on a wide variety of women’s issues and speaks to diverse audiences nationwide on a broad range of feminist topics. For over two decades, she has played a leading role in both national and state campaigns to win women’s rights legislation and in a number of landmark state and federal court cases for women’s rights.