Feminist Participatory Action Research
Feminist Participatory Action Research Definition: " FPAR is a conceptual and methodological framework that enables a critical understanding of women’s multiple perspectives and works towards inclusion, participation, and action, while confronting the underlying assumptions researchers bring into the research process" (Reid et al., 2006, p. 316). Application: Feminist participatory action researchers seek to facilitate building knowledge to change the conditions of women’s lives, both individually and collectively, while reconstructing conceptions of power so that power can be used in a responsible manner (Reid et al., 2006, p. 317). Researchers work with the women that they are trying to give a voice to in their research. It is research conducted by women for women. Adaptation: The women that participated in this study are white. It would be beneficial to develop a framework that is inclusive and that gives a voice to women of color. Although all women face discrimination based on their gender, not all women are alike. Therefore, designing frameworks that take into consideration differences among women, for example, ethnic differences, would be beneficial because it would increase the level of awareness for issues that are specific to women of color.