fem·​i·​nism | \ ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce feminism (audio) \

Definition of feminism

1 : the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
2 : organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests

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Other Words from feminism

feminist \ ˈfe-​mə-​nist How to pronounce feminist (audio) \ noun or adjective
feministic \ ˌfe-​mə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce feministic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of feminism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web God, grant me the confidence of a mediocre white woman ascending at a company patting itself on the back for diversity and feminism while treating its Black employees unfairly. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "For Black Women In Media, A “Dream Job” Is A Myth," 9 July 2020 Topics that a few years ago were considered niche issues in France—feminism, gender theory, homosexuality—have become part of a more public discourse. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, "France Is Officially Color-Blind. Reality Isn’t.," 9 July 2020 Okay, offer Robinson’s hot takes on dating, feminism and intersectionality, beauty standards, casting calls and money problems. Taiia Smart Young, Essence, "Phoebe Robinson Amplifies Diverse Voices with New Book Imprint," 8 July 2020 For Popkey, society has been replaced by feminism as the system that tells you whom to love, though this switch from authority to the dismantling of authority does not solve the problem of desire. Anne Enright, The New York Review of Books, "Wanting Wrong," 6 July 2020 Marianne, a prolific scholar and a key but complex figure in the history of German feminism, would inherit money from the family’s linen factory. George Blaustein, The New Republic, "Searching for Consolation in Max Weber’s Work Ethic," 2 July 2020 After women were granted the right to vote in 1920, the woman phrases dipped in popularity before a resurgence with post–World War II feminism. Rachel Lance, Scientific American, "Why Does the Phrase "Woman Scientist" Even Exist?," 2 July 2020 Perhaps more than any other woman in the startup world, Gelman excelled at commodifying feminism as a lifestyle. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Leigh Stein's Self Care and the Death of the Girlboss," 1 July 2020 Gelman co-founded the women's co-working space, known for its public embrace of feminism, with chief operating officer Lauren Kassan in 2016. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "The Wing staffers are doing a ‘digital walkout’ until their demands are met," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of feminism

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feminism

see feminine entry 1

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The first known use of feminism was in 1893

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“Feminism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminism. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of feminism

: the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities
: organized activity in support of women's rights and interests


fem·​i·​nism | \ ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce feminism (audio) \

Kids Definition of feminism

1 : the belief that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities
2 : organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests

Other Words from feminism

feminist \ -​nist \ noun or adjective


fem·​i·​nism | \ ˈfem-ə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce feminism (audio) \

Medical Definition of feminism

: the presence of female characteristics in males

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