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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This is also a book about corporate feminism, and the women who want to do good but get tangled up in a morally questionable system. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Her personal essays on toxic relationships, self-love, gender identity, trans sexuality, and feminism are illuminating and palpable. Jasmin Hernandez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nomi Ruiz on Making Art That Means Something," 17 Jan. 2019 Getty Images Are alcohol and feminism two of your favorite things in the world? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Apparently Founded an All-Girls Drinking Club in College," 15 Sep. 2018 More recently, the company also took down 32 pages and accounts last month that reached 290,000 people with ads, events and regular posts on topics such as race, fascism and feminism. Tony Romm, The Seattle Times, "Russia and Iran created 652 Facebook pages, groups and accounts to mislead users around the world, company says," 21 Aug. 2018 Looking at the broader tension between nationalism and feminism can help answer these questions for the Saudi case and beyond. Huda Alsahi, Washington Post, "Saudi women can drive starting Sunday. Why are feminists there still labeled traitors?," 20 June 2018 The satire series about 80s showbiz, sports and feminism will offer even more glitz with Alison Brie returning as the show’s lead. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "All the New TV Shows You Need to Watch This Summer," 6 May 2018 Nearly overnight, major news outlets published explainers on intersectionality and intersectional feminism. Kory Stamper, The Cut, "A Brief, Convoluted History of the Word ‘Intersectionality’," 9 Mar. 2018 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

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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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