feminism

noun
fem·i·nism | \ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm \

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 \ noun or adjective
feministic \ˌfe-mə-ˈni-stik \ adjective

Examples of feminism in a Sentence

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This is important because feminism is all about choice. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Posted a Photo of Her Breasts on Twitter for Feminism," 12 July 2018 This shift was influenced by the rise of feminism and LGBT rights, which made the cultural ideal found in Playboy seem quaint in its unquestioning acceptance of heterosexuality and traditional gender norms. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "The Triumph of Porn Over Social Conservatism," 17 Jan. 2018 Amid a blow-up with her dad, Lucha convinces Boli to help her try and form their own mariachi band and learn to play the song, while also striking a blow for feminism. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Old Globe's 'American Mariachi' a vibrant ode to music and memory," 31 Mar. 2018 The show boldly confronts such issues as police brutality, conflicts within the African American community and feminism. Kristi Turnquist | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Benedict Cumberbatch, 'Atlanta' and more reasons to be excited about 2018 TV," 26 Jan. 2018 Here is the question: If the protagonist volunteers for her own victimhood, can it be called a work of feminism? New York Times, "Her Lover May Not Exist, but Her Doubts About the Patriarchy Are Real," 6 July 2018 And, of course, there are the black men who claim that (white) feminism is inspiring black women to hate black men. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Tarana Burke: Black Community Needs to Have Uncomfortable Conversations About Sexual Violence," 9 May 2018 And in between celebrating the Black college experience (specifically HBCUs), the first Black woman to ever headline the music festival championed Black bodies, feminism, activism, and her family, all while wearing a custom Balmain hoodie. refinery29.com, "Beyoncé & Balmain Team Up — & 100% Of Proceeds Go To Charity," 10 July 2018 Her writing has been featured in a number of local outlets, including a round-table discussion on the importance of intersectionality in feminism for the Reader. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Education / Gender Issues / LGBTQ+ Alicia Swiz wants to make you a better feminist—by taking her online course," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of feminism

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feminism

see feminine entry 1

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feminism

noun

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

feminism

noun
fem·i·nism | \ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm \

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

feminism

noun
fem·i·nism | \ˈfem-ə-ˌniz-əm \

Medical Definition of feminism 

: the presence of female characteristics in males

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