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

Definition of feminism

: belief in and advocacy of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes expressed especially through organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests

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feministic \ ˌfe-​mə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce feminism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of feminism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Does the arch-feminism of this book prescribe sole ownership of one’s story and permission to tell it? Meredith Maran, Los Angeles Times, "For a scorched-earth memoirist, truth-telling is a feminist act," 31 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, Mary Tyler Moore was bringing the challenge of second-wave feminism to the patriarchy of a Minneapolis newsroom. Frank Gannon, WSJ, "‘Rock Me on the Water’ Review: Something New Came Along," 22 Mar. 2021 Or from decades of white feminism that erases and silences the validity and subject position of Asian women. Jerrine Tan, Wired, "The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself," 19 Mar. 2021 The deaths of 77 people in Norway in a shooting and bombing attack in 2011 were widely portrayed as a result of right-wing extremism, but the attacker, Anders Breivik, also viewed feminism as a significant threat. New York Times, "How Racism and Sexism Intertwine to Torment Asian-American Women," 18 Mar. 2021 The best way for feminism to counter it is to reckon with what the human mind is capable of. Lauren Markham, Harper's Magazine, "Too Big, Too Frail," 16 Mar. 2021 Dash has also made transphobic and anti-feminist comments, stating that feminism is ruining men and masculinity. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "Stacey Dash Is Sorry For Being A Republican," 11 Mar. 2021 This is Allende — the 5-foot melodramatic diva of magical feminism. Washington Post, "Celebrating female leaders," 7 Mar. 2021 The novelist looks back at a life of feminism and reflects on the needs of modern women. The California Independent Booksellers Alliance, Los Angeles Times, "Bestsellers List Sunday, March 28, 2021," 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of feminism

1893, in the meaning defined above

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 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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