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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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 Janet Kniffin, who developed her interests in feminism and social justice at Pomfret School in eastern Connecticut, died June 10. Anne M. Hamilton, courant.com, "Extraordinary Life: A Passion For Women's Rights, Social Justice," 1 July 2018 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

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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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