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

feministic \ ˌfe-​mə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce feminism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of feminism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The outpouring was particularly remarkable, Ms. Guo said, because of the suspicion with which the Chinese government views any forms of activism, including feminism. New York Times, "A Flying Elephant, a Teacher’s Hugs: 12 Tales of Pandemic Resilience," 24 Dec. 2020 While real activism could be found that year in Washington’s birth control march and in personal blogs by a diverse array of young women, popular culture preferred a more photogenic brand of lipstick feminism. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Arts and Culture," 16 Dec. 2020 The text that really drove a lot of the inspiration for a lot of the exploration of intersectional feminism was Angela Davis’ Women, Race & Class. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Julia Hart Turns Mrs. Maisel Into A Gritty Gangster In I’m Your Woman," 8 Dec. 2020 The trouble is that modern feminism lacks both the intellectual coherence and the aesthetic principles to do her justice. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Mary Wollstonecraft Deserves Better," 19 Nov. 2020 Yet her adventurous artwork and pioneering feminism live on, inspiring other creators to this day. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Feminist icon celebrated in Alabama museum art exhibit," 8 Nov. 2020 The film works through a couple of refractions, as Erskine plums interviews and text from the 1970s about events and perspectives from decades earlier — prior to the legal end to segregation and the rise of feminism. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "'Billie' explores the more enigmatic sides of Billie Holiday," 14 Dec. 2020 In terms of feminism, there are absolutely questions to be asked here. Ruchira Sharma, refinery29.com, "‘Before & After’ Accounts Shame Women But We Can’t Look Away," 8 Dec. 2020 Lorde and Walker were writers and activists who focused on the intersection of feminism, race, and civil rights. Tori Latham, The Atlantic, "The Books Briefing: Reimagining Womanhood," 4 Dec. 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 15 Jan. 2021.

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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 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


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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