Final Update: Finished, but not finished; the words women use to describe themselves and others

As I conclude my project, I’ve had a hard time actually concluding it. I continue to look through the data, realizing I missed a good question, or that I should have made a certain connection. I really enjoyed this research project and I hope to do more in the future. For now, however, I will reflect. 

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Post #3: How women refer to other women, what they might prefer to be called

In my last post, I discussed the words that women would use to describe themselves. In this next post, I am excited to expand to many more of my questions. The first of which: “How would you refer to a group of strangers in their ___’s who identify as female?” This series of questions included three different general age groups: 20s, 30s, and 40s. These questions came from my original query, how old is too old to call someone a girl? As a 19 year old, I have thought about this question many times. It comes up in daily life as we group ourselves and others together. In my experience, people of different ages and generations often disagree.

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Post #2: which words do women use to describe themselves?

It’s been a few weeks since my last post and I have now almost 600 responses– 597 to be exact. To add onto the results from my and my Facebook friends’ original posts, I decided to post in the school meme group. After examining the demographics of my survey respondents, I hoped to find more respondents that weren’t similar to me, white and from northern Virginia. As W&M is a state school, and the Facebook group is meant for students, the number of college-aged Virginian participants grew dramatically. However, the participants were more diverse than the original group, and I hope to be able to represent more with this data. I will continue to recognize the imbalances in my data, and here especially the age group differences.

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Post #1: Words Women Use

The first step in starting my summer research project was writing my survey. Since the project deals with people, I first needed to write the survey to complete my protocol for the Student Institutional Review Board. Another part of the protocol was completing an online course in ethics by CITI.

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