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

Definition of suffragist

: one who advocates extension of suffrage especially to women

Examples of suffragist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some activists were ready to retire after the 19th Amendment was finally passed in 1920, but Alice Paul was determined to keep fighting for the entirety of the women’s rights program laid out by founding suffragists in 1848. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Will the Equal Rights Amendment ever be ratified?," 25 Nov. 2019 The charms were chosen by suffragist and Equal Rights Amendment author Alice Paul, who added a new one to the bracelet each time a state ratified the ERA during the 1970s. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Smithsonian Elevates the Frequently Ignored Histories of Women," 15 Nov. 2019 The character is modeled on author Louisa May Alcott’s own mother, a suffragist and activist. Carina Chocano, Town & Country, "Laura Dern Is Stepping Into Her Power," 23 Oct. 2019 Brilliant, curious vicar’s daughter Annabelle Archer is part of the first class of female students at Oxford University — and a suffragist (not to be confused with the more militant suffragettes of the early 20th century). Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: September romances visit Victorian Oxford, a Renaissance Faire, Michelin restaurants, and more," 30 Sep. 2019 The ideas of Michelet and like-minded writers influenced Matilda Joslyn Gage, an American suffragist, abolitionist, and Theosophist. Pam Grossman, The Atlantic, "The Wizard of Oz Invented the ‘Good Witch’," 25 Aug. 2019 Child wrote and edited books promoting the suffragist and abolitionist causes. Time Staff, Time, "15 Unsung Moments From American History That Historians Say You Should Know About," 28 June 2019 In years past, its students took part in the abolitionist and suffragist movements. Melanie Eversley, Fortune, "For Fourth Democratic Debate, Candidates Will Head to Otterbein Campus," 17 Sep. 2019 There were the pioneer suffragists, who spoke in public about women's rights at a time when women didn't speak in public, period. Jessie Balmert,, "100 years ago Ohio ratified the 19th Amendment. Here are 6 women who made suffrage reality," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of suffragist

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suffragist

suffrage + -ist entry 1

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8 Dec 2019

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“Suffragist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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