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

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Members of the royal family are publicly apolitical, but feminism isn't a political view. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Gave a Powerful Speech About Feminism in New Zealand," 28 Oct. 2018 In the May 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, executives, writers, producers and actors discuss their advocacy for stricter gun control, flipping the house and fighting for feminism. Monica Corcoran Harel, The Hollywood Reporter, "11 Ways to Get Involved in Women's Rights Issues Around Los Angeles," 1 June 2018 Fantasy and sci-fi have proved to be fertile ground for feminism (see Margaret Atwood and, in her way, J.K. Rowling), but double standards remain. Leigh Cuen, Newsweek, "5 Female Fantasy Books Written by Women You Need to Read in 2018," 26 Feb. 2018 Nevertheless, some feminist scholars argue that Dr. King’s essential beliefs laid the groundwork for second-wave feminism. Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "Martin Luther King, Condoleezza Rice, Simone Biles: Broadsheet for Jan. 16," 16 Jan. 2018 To boot, the book ends with the revelation that the villain all along was feminism. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In Bill Clinton’s New Thriller, the Final Villain is Feminism," 8 June 2018 Sojourner Truth, a legendary orator who had a hand disability, lit the flames of modern feminism through speeches about women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018 In addition to detailing their experiences over the past two years, the book also discusses the role of feminism in fitness, and reinforces the message that fitness can and should be for everyone, no matter their age, size, gender, or ability. Amy Marturana, SELF, "These Feminist Philosophers Set Out to Get as Fit as They Could by Age 50," 7 Aug. 2018 Under the Shadow' (2016) Set in 1980s post-revolutionary Tehran, this Farsi-language film has an obvious socio-political subtext, and is deeply rooted in feminism. Kate Robertson, Marie Claire, "13 Feminist Horror Movies That Will Make You Appreciate the Genre in a Whole New Way," 18 July 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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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of feminism 

: the presence of female characteristics in males

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