fem·​i·​nism | \ ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce feminism (audio) \

Definition of feminism

: belief in and advocacy of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes expressed especially through 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 It has been cited in academia and used in college courses on feminism and pop culture. Essence, "How 'Lemonade' Shifted Beyoncé’s Art And Career," 23 Apr. 2021 Johnnie Tillmon, who was first chair then executive director of the National Welfare Rights Organization, expanded the scope of feminism to be inclusive of women on welfare. SELF, "There’s Still So Much Stigma About SNAP. Here’s What Needs to Change," 2 Apr. 2021 During a 1971 debate on feminism at Town Hall in Manhattan, immortalized in Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary Town Bloody Hall (1979), a small, ladylike person stands up to ask the moderator, Norman Mailer, a question. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, "The Struggle and the Scramble," 16 Mar. 2021 How exactly is Disney going to justify animal abuse by way of feminism? Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Emma Stone’s Cruella Movie Is Joker Meets Panic! At The Disco," 17 Feb. 2021 In college, however, her ideas about feminism shifted. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "Reddit’s Banned Hate Groups Are Still Here," 8 Dec. 2020 Does the arch-feminism of this book prescribe sole ownership of one’s story and permission to tell it? Meredith Maran, Los Angeles Times, "For a scorched-earth memoirist, truth-telling is a feminist act," 31 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, Mary Tyler Moore was bringing the challenge of second-wave feminism to the patriarchy of a Minneapolis newsroom. Frank Gannon, WSJ, "‘Rock Me on the Water’ Review: Something New Came Along," 22 Mar. 2021 Or from decades of white feminism that erases and silences the validity and subject position of Asian women. Jerrine Tan, Wired, "The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of feminism

1893, in the meaning defined above

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 9 May. 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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