sexism

noun
sex·​ism | \ ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce sexism (audio) \

Definition of sexism

1 : prejudice or discrimination based on sex especially : discrimination against women
2 : behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex

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Other Words from sexism

sexist \ ˈsek-​sist How to pronounce sexist (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

the problem of sexism in language

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The fact that teams in Europe struggle with sexism at the core of their experiences is a reminder that misogyny is not reserved for the Global South. Shireen Ahmed, Time, "This Is the Most Anticipated Women’s World Cup Ever. But Corruption and Abuse Still Block Women From Soccer," 5 June 2019 After exposing the toxic sexism of Hollywood and the media, #MeToo is finally reaching the NBA. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "MeToo Comes to the NBA, as Reporter Kelli Tennant Sues Kings Coach Luke Walton for Sexual Assault," 23 Apr. 2019 Ramy Youssef doesn’t shy away from showing uncomfortable truths such as bigoted family members or sexism within the Muslim community. Aamina Khan, Teen Vogue, "Ramy Youssef Wants to "Complicate the Conversation" with His New Hulu Series," 19 Apr. 2019 Are there any moments of sexism that stand out throughout your career? Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "2019's Barrier-Breaking Politicians Get to Work," 3 Jan. 2019 Ruth must confront the casual sexism of a school that at the time had only been admitting women for six years. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s iconification culminates in the biopic On the Basis of Sex," 20 Dec. 2018 Even though many of these workers were women, and limited in their pay, promotion, and work opportunities due to sexism, their proximity to the literal machinery of government gave them a great deal of power. Marie Hicks, The Verge, "The long history behind the Google Walkout," 9 Nov. 2018 Williams, who accused the umpire of sexism for his harsh treatment on her, also spoke about the double standard in the sport. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Serena Williams insists she did not receive coaching in interview addressing US Open final," 16 Sep. 2018 There have been four female Supreme Court Justices, and zero female presidents—always a fun fact for those who feel sexism does not exist in America. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why We Need a Tough President Like Kamala Harris," 9 May 2019

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First Known Use of sexism

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sexism

sex entry 1 + -ism (as in racism)

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sexism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sexism

: unfair treatment of people because of their sex especially : unfair treatment of women

sexism

noun
sex·​ism | \ ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce sexism (audio) \

Kids Definition of sexism

: distinction and especially unjust distinction based on gender and made against one person or group (as women) in favor of another

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