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

Definition of suffragette

: a woman who advocates suffrage for women

Examples of suffragette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Get our daily newsletter The first such campaign was organised by the suffragettes, who knocked politicians’ hats off, attacked them with whips and hatchets, and threw bricks into Downing Street. The Economist, "The threat to MPs from the public is greater than ever," 3 Oct. 2019 Beside the float, women walked in long white dresses and suffragette sashes. Los Angeles Times, "Rose Parade celebrates diversity with Rita Moreno, Los Lobos and Maria from ‘Sesame Street’," 1 Jan. 2020 Measured by the number of attacks on parliamentarians, rather than by their severity, the suffragettes were more active even than Irish republicans. The Economist, "The threat to MPs from the public is greater than ever," 3 Oct. 2019 The organization started campaigning for suffragette statues in Central Park’s Literary Walk over six years ago, but the bureaucracy and policy hurdles have made this a long journey. Sofia Quaglia, Quartz, "The US has fewer than 400 statues of women—but that’s changing," 23 Oct. 2019 There have been firebrands since the '20s and '30s and in the suffragette movement. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Why Bonnie Raitt Returned to Farm Aid: 'It's Activists I'm Singing For -- That's My Job'," 23 Sep. 2019 But anyone there was invited to stand on an antique soap box, just like the suffragettes did a century ago, and speak to the crowd for two minutes. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Santa Clara County women ready to roar in 2020," 26 Aug. 2019 One group was that of first-wave feminists, who ranged from organizers of temperance unions calling for the prohibition of alcohol to suffragettes who fought for women’s right to vote. William To, azcentral, "Love in the time of loss: ‘Shining Brow’ and the life of Frank Lloyd Wright," 30 Aug. 2019 Her name appears on the list of signatories to the 1848 Seneca Falls Declaration — a manifesto created during the first women’s rights convention in the United States — right below Elizabeth Cady Stanton, of suffragette fame. Katharine Wilkinson, Time, "The Woman Who Discovered the Cause of Global Warming Was Long Overlooked. Her Story Is a Reminder to Champion All Women Leading on Climate," 17 July 2019

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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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The first known use of suffragette was in 1902

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19 Jan 2020

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“Suffragette.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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