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

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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 My first interaction with feminism was when Annie and I were interning in D.C. together one summer in college. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "How a Liberal and a Conservative Make Their Friendship Work," 29 May 2020 Many of her closest allies in the anti-ERA movement felt shamed and criticized by feminism. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, "The True Story of Phyllis Schlafly, the Ironic Anti-Feminist," 15 Apr. 2020 Who better to prove that feminism isn’t a dirty word than a Midwestern married mother of five? Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Mrs America Episode 6 Recap: Meet Jill Ruckelshaus, Republican Feminist Hero," 6 May 2020 The movie’s feminism might have been too subtle for teenage me. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Outbreak’ Was a Hit in 1995. Now We’re Living the Sequel.," 30 Mar. 2020 Cable, under whom Swinson served as deputy, says feminism is a big driver in Swinson's politics, and that her stance has attracted a new kind of support for the party. Scott Mclean And Florence Davey-attlee, CNN, "This woman wants to cancel Brexit. It turns out it's harder than she thought," 6 Dec. 2019 And that is a problem for feminists, because feminism, up to this point, hasn’t been violent. Lauren Elkin, Harper's magazine, "Trash, Rock, Destroy," 25 Nov. 2019 The idea that while feminism is a worthy cause, some women are still marginalized was one of the main points of a talk by Brittney Yancy, a professor of humanities at Goodwin College, who spoke at River Bend Bookshop in Glastonbury on Nov. 18. Steve Smith, courant.com, "Intersectional Feminism Discussed At River Bend Bookshop," 22 Nov. 2019 For women specifically, intersectional feminism has been a valuable tool for resisting. Stephanie Mendez, Teen Vogue, "12 Radical Latinx Groups Building Powerful Cultural Community Spaces," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of feminism

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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 7 Jun. 2020.

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feminism

noun
How to pronounce feminism (audio)

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

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