foremother

noun
fore·moth·er | \ ˈfȯr-ˌmə-t͟hər \

Definition of foremother 

: a female ancestor

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De Burgos, a literary foremother of the Nuyorican movement, defied societal norms and advocated for the island’s independence. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Julia de Burgos, a Poet Who Helped Shape Puerto Rico’s Identity," 28 May 2018 Many of our foremothers and forefathers embraced the brilliant outdoor lifestyle SoCal offered, and have left us with gardens, historic structures with sprawling grounds, and beaches that can’t be beat. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 Historic L.A. Places to Visit on a Sunny Day," 14 May 2018 Of course, for our foremothers, who were required to be trussed up in this undergarment from dawn until dusk, the corset functioned as a sartorial prison cell. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "20 Good Reasons to Reconsider the Corset Top This Spring," 12 Apr. 2018 At the same time, Dean respects her literary foremothers enough to examine the foibles, difficulties and weaknesses underneath those fearsome personas. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 'Sharp' take on Joan Didion, Susan Sontag and other opinionated women," 6 Apr. 2018 Laura Ingraham, 33, the foremother of the group, has appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine decked out in a leopard-print skirt. Elinor Burkett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kellyanne Conway Has Been Quietly Revolutionizing D.C. Since the Late '90s," 3 Feb. 2017 Through these tributes, the helping hands of our foremothers are reaching out with a grip that could throttle the patriarchy. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Obits where dead women tell their tales," 21 Mar. 2018 Listen to them talk about movement and messages with some of the foremothers in activism. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Celebrate International Women's Day with Diane von Furstenberg's 4-Day Extravaganza," 7 Mar. 2018 But that doesn’t mean the holiday’s foremothers would find the festivities up to snuff. Ruth Graham, Slate Magazine, "Americans may think of International Women’s Day as a sentimental export from abroad—but this week’s global strike is a throwback to its real history.," 6 Mar. 2017

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1582, in the meaning defined above

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