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

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And to Nelson’s point, when second wave feminism took hold in the early ‘60s, covens and witch imagery came along with it—in pop culture and in the real world. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 Greer is one of the godmothers of second-wave feminism. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "Feminist Germaine Greer says most rape is just ‘bad sex’," 31 May 2018 In the book, June recalls being embarrassed by her mother’s brand of strident, second wave feminism, and took that generation’s advances for granted. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 3 Recap – 9 Heavy Moments From 'Baggage'," 2 May 2018 Sontag, Ephron and Malcolm all wrote critically of second-wave feminism. Kate Tuttle, latimes.com, "The women who wielded a pen like a weapon: Michelle Dean's 'Sharp'," 5 Apr. 2018 What has catching terrorists undermining the enemies of the United States and being a professional intelligence officer got to do with feminism? Fox News, "Jim Jordan: Why did DOJ hide Strzok's link to federal judge?," 16 Mar. 2018 That is, after all, part of the reason second-wave feminism exploded in the 1960s and 70s: Women were frustrated with their second-class status in the anti-war and civil rights movements. Jill Filipovic, Cosmopolitan, "Young Women Are Finally Proving the Term "Women's Issues" Is Bullsh*t," 8 Mar. 2018 The second reason is modern feminism — and leftist doctrine in general. Dennis Prager, National Review, "Male Sexual Nature: A Primer for the College-Educated," 23 Jan. 2018 The Saturday Evening Girl's Club is this summer's ultimate battle cry for feminism and the American Dream. Redbook, "20 Books You Need to Take to the Beach This Summer," 17 May 2017

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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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