suffragette

noun
suf·​frag·​ette | \ ˌsə-fri-ˈjet How to pronounce suffragette (audio) \

Definition of suffragette

: a woman who advocates suffrage for women

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In the past, a woman wearing non-feminine clothing usually meant something: a symbol of resistance during the French Revolution; a challenge to the patriarchy for early-20th-century suffragettes; a bid for workplace inclusion in the 1970s and ’80s. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Who Needs Gender? Why Men and Women Are Dressing Identically," 21 Feb. 2019 At the time of the incident, British public buildings were on high alert for weapon-wielding suffragettes. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "See the Portrait Slashed by a Butcher’s Cleaver During Height of Women’s Suffrage Movement," 2 Feb. 2018 In the early 1900s, the suffragettes wore white to attend marches. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Why Many Congresswomen Wore White at Today's Swearing In Ceremony," 3 Jan. 2019 The sartorial choice was a hat tip to the suffragette movement, signaling that members of the Congress will continue to fight to advance women's rights. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Photo of Nancy Pelosi Clapping for Donald Trump Is a Whole Mood and Then Some," 6 Feb. 2019 For her own sartorial statement, Ocasio-Cortez donned an all-white suit, a nod to the suffragettes who first fought for women's right to vote. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Swearing-In Outfit Was a Nod to Suffragettes and Bronx Girls," 4 Jan. 2019 Along with her suffragette white, Ocasio-Cortez also wore her signature red lipstick along with large hoop earrings. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Swearing-In Outfit Was a Nod to Suffragettes and Bronx Girls," 4 Jan. 2019 The first, which has been viewed 1.6 million times, features Shirrako punching out a suffragette NPC who yells in a plaza about wanting the right to vote. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "YouTube reverses ban for streamer who killed Red Dead 2 feminist," 8 Nov. 2018 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

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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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suffragette

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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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