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

feminist \ ˈfe-​mə-​nist How to pronounce feminist (audio) \ noun or adjective
feministic \ ˌfe-​mə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce feministic (audio) \ adjective

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Irrespective of Sandberg’s standing in the court of public opinion, which has undoubtedly changed, the conversation is moving well past her brand of feminism. Katherine Goldstein, Vox, "I was a Sheryl Sandberg superfan. Then her “Lean In” advice failed me.," 6 Dec. 2018 For women of color, feminism and equality is a complicated subject that stems from a historical suppression of their voices within in a movement that is supposed to be for all women. Yolanda Machado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gemma Chan Knows Hollywood Has a Long Way to Go with Inclusion," 2 Apr. 2019 The semi-matte, blue-tone crimson has since accompanied me to workshops on fourth-wave feminism and in my semi-regular efforts to squash the patriarchy. Jessica Bennett, Vogue, "The New, Subtly Subversive Power of Pink Lipstick," 19 Mar. 2019 To commemorate International Women's Day, Meghan Markle participated in a panel on feminism and women's empowerment organized by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, and offered more than a few quotable insights. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Watch Meghan Markle Speak About Women's Empowerment on an International Women's Day Panel," 8 Mar. 2019 With egg sandwiches named after notable women in history, from Sausage Patti Smith to Frida Avokahlo, food truck Sunny Up combines two of my great joys in life: feminism and breakfast food. Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "I biked 14 miles for a breakfast sandwich named after Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was worth it.," 30 July 2018 The complexity of her thinking on feminism and politics, her body and her country, remains fresh. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Explore Google’s Sweeping Retrospective on Frida Kahlo’s Life and Legacy," 26 May 2018 Like Maria Grazia Chiuri’s previous collections, feminism and the female spirit were an inspiration. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Inside Dior’s Fashion Rodeo," 26 May 2018 These men are not the first to align themselves with feminism as a way to infiltrate women’s spaces or provide themselves the benefit of the doubt. Cate Young, Cosmopolitan, "Aziz Ansari and the Struggle to Trust the "Feminist" Men of Hollywood," 18 Jan. 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 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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