See here. The link in the article is to a NY Times article that I refuse to click on, but I was surprised that no one in the comments noticed the obvious. There was a change in attitude between the mid-1990s and today. Before then, support for gender equality was increasing, but then it began falling. What happened in those intervening years? (1) Bill Clinton, and (2) 9/11. The reaction of feminists to Bill Clinton’s sexual sins was shocking to anyone who was familiar with their rhetoric and expected them to condemn him. I recall a Maureen Dowd column at the time in which she expressed her amazement that older feminists were so willing to commit ideological suicide.
Feminists’ reaction to 9/11 probably hasn’t helped them, either. Anyone who pokes around a little bit on the Internet can see that when it comes to the plight of women in the Muslim world, the right is more sympathetic than leftists are.
My suggestion, then, is that feminists basically ruined their credibility with a portion of the population. Just as with global warming and the Climategate scandal, there are still some true believers, but plenty of people have become skeptics. Some commenters suggested that allowing in so many Hispanics and/or Muslims is what explains the changed attitudes (given that they are more conservative than the average American citizen). That is entirely possible, too. The left keeps focusing so much on the bigotry of conservatives concerning immigrants that they are sleepwalking their way into big problems. They want to bring in Mexicans – that is, conservative Christians – and Muslims – again, conservative religious people. Why they want so many religious conservatives to be allowed in, they have never explained.