suf·​frag·​ette | \ ˌsə-fri-ˈjet \

Definition of suffragette

: a woman who advocates suffrage for women

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Woodlark joins two of Portland’s iconic, historic buildings, the Cornelius Hotel and the Woodlark Building, and the hotel bar occupies the Cornelius’ original library and Ladies Reception Hall, where local suffragettes once gathered. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Portland, OR, in January 2019," 20 Dec. 2018 Other suffragettes segregated their marches and railed against the 15th Amendment on their way to ensuring white women got the right to vote. Ashlee Marie Preston, Teen Vogue, "Hope Hicks Isn't a Victim," 19 Mar. 2018 Some participants dressed as Edwardian suffragettes or wore sashes in green, white or violet. Washington Post, "100 years of voting: British marches celebrate suffragettes," 10 June 2018 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other congresswomen involved in the Democratic Women’s Working Group banded together in February 2017 and wore suffragette white to President Trump’s first address to a joint session of congress. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Congresswomen Will Wear Black to President Trump’s State of the Union Address," 11 Jan. 2018 Lucy Burns from Brooklyn and New Jersey Quaker Alice Paul, co-founders of the National Woman’s Party, took the most direct inspiration from the confrontational British suffragettes. Joanna Scutts, The New Republic, "The Fight Women Won," 20 Apr. 2018 The Equal Rights Amendment dates all the way back to the suffragette movement and Alice Paul, then head of the National Women's Party. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The ERA Is Back in the News—This Is Why You Should Be Paying Attention," 12 June 2018 For centuries, black women have been fighting to expand voting rights, even over the direct opposition of some white women of the suffragette movement who fought to deny both black women and men the protections of the 19th amendment. Aimee Allison, Teen Vogue, "Women of Color Are Making Election History in 2018," 24 May 2018 America's celebrated suffragette along with numerous 19th and early 20th century historical figures (actual and fictional) might well have been speaking about what was said or promised, done or not done, in Washington, D.C., the day before. Mark Swed,, "Opera UCLA proves Susan B. Anthony, more than ever, remains 'The Mother of Us All'," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of suffragette

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suffragette

suffrage + -ette

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English Language Learners Definition of suffragette

: a woman who worked to get voting rights for women in the past when women were not allowed to vote

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