suf·​frag·​ist | \ ˈsəf-ri-jist How to pronounce suffragist (audio) \

Definition of suffragist

: one who advocates extension of suffrage especially to women

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But something else happened on Tuesday, beyond border talk and lack of brio: Nancy Pelosi, clad in suffragist white, greeting the president from her seat behind him as Speaker of the House, became an instant meme. Vogue, "Nancy Pelosi Makes Meme Gold at the State of the Union," 6 Feb. 2019 Now, a wave of white-wearing officials pay homage to suffragists. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's Brother Gabriel? He's an Artist and Musician," 8 Feb. 2019 The suffragists in my book, like the women in my family, are incredible role models for women today. Maira Kalman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Talks Her New Book and Praises Daring Women," 24 Oct. 2018 People fought and died for equal rights and voting rights; suffragists endured hunger strikes and were beaten and jailed. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Midterm Elections Are Almost Here—What You Need to Know Now," 5 Nov. 2018 This description certainly rings true for Montana, which was the first to send a woman to Congress in 1916, when voters elected suffragist Jeannette Rankin to the House. Li Zhou, Vox, "The first year every state sent a woman to Congress, in one map," 7 Nov. 2018 It was written in 1923 by fierce suffragist Alice Paul, and was passed by Congress at the height of the women’s liberation movement in 1972. Kate Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Why the United States Constitution Needs An Equal Rights Amendment," 29 Oct. 2018 When Anna died in 1882, Mr. Blight suggests, Douglass may already have become involved with yet another woman, Helen Pitts, a white suffragist 20 years his junior. John Stauffer, WSJ, "‘Frederick Douglass’ Review: His Tongue the Pen of God," 11 Oct. 2018 The monument, which will honor Stanton and fellow suffragist Susan B. Anthony, will be unveiled in August 2020, timed to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote nationwide. Harper's BAZAAR, "Monumental Women: Inside the Push for More Female Statues," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of suffragist

1822, in the meaning defined above

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suffrage + -ist entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of suffragist

: a person in the past who worked to get voting rights for people who did not have them

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