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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Many suffragists publicly or privately argued that the white women’s vote could be a bulwark against the political advancement of populations of color. Joanna Scutts, The New Republic, "The Fight Women Won," 20 Apr. 2018 Wearing the color of the suffragists, the Democratic women of the House put on a stunning display of solidarity during the State of the Union address Tuesday. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Women in white: Democrats draw contrast at Trump’s address," 6 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of suffragist

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suffragist

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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