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 The suffragist and abolitionist Lucy Stone is typically credited for being one of the first to publicly and vocally push back against the tradition of married women changing their names in the United States. Mirel Zaman,, 5 May 2021 In his own book, Fehrman quotes suffragist Emily Newell Blair—who was decidedly not a Coolidge fan—praising the president’s memoir in Good Housekeeping. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Nov. 2020 O’Donovan’s 20-minute cycle of five songs, arranged by Tanner Porter, is inspired by historical writings and speeches, from suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt to President Woodrow Wilson. Matthew J. Palm,, 28 Apr. 2021 She’s meme-ified as a would-be savior from Trumpism in her red coat and black sunglasses, or going viral in suffragist white as the ultimate troll for condescendingly clapping at the former president’s State of the Union. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 Bright yellow signage introduces viewers to each of the ladies in this exhibit, which originally came out of a show about the suffragist movement. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 Wells was a trailblazing investigative journalist, suffragist and crusader, and a leader in the Civil Rights movement who helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2021 Harris was in head-to-toe suffragist purple, in a look designed by Christopher John Rogers. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2021 Instead, Campos-Pons employed filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver to craft a short video showing seven women, clad in suffragist white, dancing at locations across the country. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Jan. 2021

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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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“Suffragist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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