feminism

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Examples of feminism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

But at the same time, the legacies of liberalism and policies like social security and then grassroots movements, such as the nuclear freeze movement or the gay rights movement or feminism, are very much alive and well in the ’80s. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Political Division? That’s Nothing New," 7 Mar. 2019 There have been several episodes now that addressed this topic of race and feminism. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "Willow Smith Opens Up About What the Future of Feminism Actually Looks Like," 19 Feb. 2019 Other parts of the report include respondents thoughts on everything from what feminism means to interviews with the first trans prom king Alan Belmont and fashion designer Harris Reed. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Why Does Gender Neutral Clothing Translate to “Boys” Clothing?," 21 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, the Women’s March helped establish intersectionality as a core tenet not just of mainstream feminism but of Democratic politics. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 2018 Making her third speech of the royal tour so far, Meghan spoke about female empowerment and the importance of feminism at the reception. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Spiral Necklace Has Such a Special Story Behind It," 28 Oct. 2018 The year 2010, according to a recent report from Manchester Metropolitan University, was when the snowball of new feminism got up enough momentum to become a threat to culture. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Who Does She Think She Is?," 29 Mar. 2018 There has been an aura of white feminism that doesn’t feel intersectional. San Francisco Chronicle, "Lingering thoughts from the recent Women’s March," 2 Mar. 2018 How can a kind of unified feminism emerge out of that kind of a situation? Joy-ann Reid, Cosmopolitan, "The Power in Being an Angry Black Woman," 13 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'feminism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of feminism

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feminism

see feminine entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about feminism

Statistics for feminism

Last Updated

11 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for feminism

The first known use of feminism was in 1841

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for feminism

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 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

feminism

noun
fem·​i·​nism | \ ˈfem-ə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce feminism (audio) \

Medical Definition of feminism

: the presence of female characteristics in males

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on feminism

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with feminism

Spanish Central: Translation of feminism

Nglish: Translation of feminism for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of feminism for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about feminism

Comments on feminism

What made you want to look up feminism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to a parable or parabola

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!