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

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 Tallulah Brown is an Indigenous TikToker who touches on everything from the Stolen Generation, feminism, white privilege and just 20-something-life in general. Christine Jean-baptiste, refinery29.com, 20 Apr. 2022 Equally unsettling was the Oscar show’s not-clever, unfunny feminism. Armond White, National Review, 30 Mar. 2022 The rage conservative men have hurled at Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been deranged, and consistent with research showing a link between climate denial and hostility to feminism (and outspoken women). Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 25 Mar. 2022 Her skills at balancing serious topics such as feminism, gender and politics with the silly are sublime. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2022 With themes of feminism, maternity, humanism and religion, both artists dabble in a spiritual surrealism that is difficult to quantify or estimate. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2022 Lorde was central to many liberation movements, including second-wave feminism, civil rights and Black cultural movements, as well as struggles for LGBTQ equality, according to the Audre Lorde Project. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2022 Earlier reports of the film indicated a plot with a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism, and identity. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 9 Mar. 2022 So does the conservative smearing of LGBTQ people and the use of children as pawns in the many culture wars over feminism, gender and LGBTQ rights. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Feminism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminism. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for feminism


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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