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

Examples of feminism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ephron had a complicated relationship with feminism, most visible in her essays written for Esquire and New York Magazine in the 1970s that later made up her book Crazy Salad. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "Before We Knew Better: Nora Ephron’s Heartburn offers a complicated look at women, and at feminism," 16 Dec. 2019 The fact that the women most impacted by Abzug’s fiery feminism are excluded from her theatrical narrative is no coincidence: In the 2018-19 Broadway season, male directors and writers outnumbered their women colleagues 8 to 1. Mia J. Merrill, sun-sentinel.com, "Why is a man starring in a play about legendary politician Bella Abzug?," 20 Nov. 2019 The book is a hybrid based on the author’s family history, photographs, social commentary on juvenile incarceration, feminism, adoption and generational trauma. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Mysteries, folktales, history and adventure: Fall brings heaps of new books from Minnesota authors and publishers," 3 Sep. 2019 The pink fantasy of Midge's inexplicably quick success, the cloying patter of her jokes, her increasingly faux-sounding feminism, is all starting to grate and frustrate rather than elicit escape. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: The marvel is wearing off in 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Season 3," 6 Dec. 2019 This is a leaner, more spartan (yet stylish) affair than either of McG's turn-of-the-century confectionary items, its Angels lethal, its pacing relentless, and its feminism refreshingly a facet instead of the entire feature. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 15 Nov. 2019 Meghan Markle is highlighting her own early feminism, in the hopes of inspiring others on International Day of the Girl. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Shares Her Feminist Childhood Interview to Celebrate International Day of the Girl," 11 Oct. 2019 Endure them not liking you or your style, or your feminism or whatever. Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "The First Book," 24 July 2019 But the thing that makes me most proud of the American actress and activist turned royal is her unabashed feminism, especially in her public speeches. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Writes Her Speeches Herself, Because of Course She Does," 21 Nov. 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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“Feminism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminist. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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