suf·​frag·​ist ˈsəf-ri-jist How to pronounce suffragist (audio)
: one who advocates extension of suffrage especially to women

Examples of suffragist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And by the 1910s, suffragists — those advocating that women should have the right to vote — staged pageants to highlight women’s contributions to America. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 15 May 2024 The audience similarly doesn’t have time to invest in Inez Milholland, who is reduced to a kind of fun suffragist party girl who gives good speeches before getting sick and dying. Alexis Coe, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2024 Diminishing him as an adversary, though, diminishes the achievement of the suffragists. Jesse Green, New York Times, 19 Apr. 2024 Wells’ friend Mary Church Terrell (Anastacia McCleskey) takes a more accommodating view of the new suffragists and her relationship with Wells echoes the Paul-Catt split, but one with a greater degree of understanding, respect and humor. Frank Rizzo, Variety, 19 Apr. 2024 The socialite and suffragist Florence Jaffray Harriman founded the Colony Club in 1903, which became the city’s premier women’s social club. Anna Kodé, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 These women included labor lawyer, suffragist, socialist and journalist Crystal Eastman, who in 1920 co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union to defend the rights of all people nationwide, and playwright Susan Glaspell, a key player in the development of modern American theater. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024 The sartorial nod to suffragists signaled a commitment to advocating for women's rights—and was yet another example of fashion speaking just as loudly as words. Leah Faye Cooper, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2024 The first major march on Washington by suffragists happened on March 3, 1913. Andrea Wurzburger, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2024

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Word History


suffrage + -ist entry 1

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of suffragist was in 1818

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“Suffragist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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suf·​frag·​ist ˈsəf-ri-jəst How to pronounce suffragist (audio)
: a person who supports extending voting rights especially to women
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