feminism

noun
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 Some of that criticism was good, exciting even, inspiring an honest dialogue between women about what online feminism and activism should look like. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Please Let the ‘Challenge Accepted’ Women Live," 29 July 2020 In front of the camera, the show stands for inclusive feminism and championing diverse voices, which makes its lack of representation and collaboration with Black and Indigenous people behind the scenes even more egregious. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "For Black Women In Media, A “Dream Job” Is A Myth," 9 July 2020 Such behavior would be unacceptable at any company, but the allegations had a special sting at the Wing, which built its brand around the language of feminism and equality. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "The Wing brought together powerful women. Now some of them are demanding big changes from the company," 2 July 2020 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Young, Essence, "Phoebe Robinson Amplifies Diverse Voices with New Book Imprint," 8 July 2020 For Popkey, society has been replaced by feminism as the system that tells you whom to love, though this switch from authority to the dismantling of authority does not solve the problem of desire.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

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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 14 Aug. 2020.

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feminism

noun
How to pronounce feminism (audio)

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 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

feminism

noun
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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