ad·​vo·​ca·​cy | \ ˈad-və-kə-sē How to pronounce advocacy (audio) \

Definition of advocacy

: the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal : the act or process of advocating (see advocate entry 2) something known for his advocacy of gay rights

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Short answer: Feminism is about the advocacy of women's rights to achieve equality, which is why anyone can be a feminist. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Everyone Should Be A Feminist and Here's Why," 8 Mar. 2019 Of course, the global celebration of International Women’s Day is a time for reflection of how far women have come, advocacy for what is still needed, and action to continue breaking down barriers. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Why International Women's Day Is Celebrated on March 8," 28 Feb. 2019 Sadly, despite the 66-year-old star’s advocacy, fans shouldn’t expect to see a star in Fisher’s name any time soon. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Star Wars' actor Mark Hamill calls for Donald Trump's Walk of Fame star to be replaced with Carrie Fisher," 2 Oct. 2018 Listen to Mei Lum’s interview about oral histories, local activism and the future of Chinatown on TRYTOBEGOOD, a cultural advocacy podcast. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018 And 10 percent of sales Thursday will go to SafePath, a Marietta children’s advocacy center. Ben Brasch, ajc, "The only Hungry Howie’s pizza joint in Cobb has opened," 11 July 2018 Equality California is a member of the Equality Federation, a national advocacy program, and is that program's largest member. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Gay rights group wants Dixon vice mayor to resign after calling men fairies," 2 July 2018 As the trial continues with two more hearings scheduled later this week, local advocacy groups are calling on the government to uphold the rule of law. Sam Mednick, The Seattle Times, "7 in South Sudan charged with sabotage and insurgency," 25 Mar. 2019 And even the main advocacy group backing the Green New Deal now seems to think this is not the time to enact a Green New Deal. James Freeman, WSJ, "The AOC Primary," 26 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of advocacy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for advocacy

Middle English advocacie "intercession," borrowed from Anglo-French advocassie "pleading," borrowed from Medieval Latin advocatia "patronage," from Latin advocātus advocate entry 1 + -ia -y entry 2

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ad·​vo·​ca·​cy | \ ˈad-və-kə-sē How to pronounce advocacy (audio) \

Legal Definition of advocacy

1 : the profession or work of an advocate
2 : the action of advocating, pleading for, or supporting a cause or proposal a consequence of his moving advocacy— W. O. Douglas

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