woman of color


plural women of color
: a woman whose skin pigmentation is other than and especially darker than what is considered characteristic of people typically defined as white (see white entry 1 sense 2a) : a woman who is of a race (see race entry 1 sense 1a) other than white or who is of mixed race
… Sen. Kamala Harris of California, will become the first woman of color to accept a major party's vice presidential nomination on Wednesday.Steve Peoples
In reality the 19th Amendment failed to enfranchise thousands of American women of color—Black, Asian, Latina and Native American.Anna Bloom

Examples of woman of color in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organization serves as an informal support system for young women of color in the early stages of their respective professions. Okla Jones, Essence, 16 Apr. 2024 St Fleur, who primarily coaches women of color, said many of her clients have the right credentials and experience for certain jobs but aren't being hired. Joe Hernandez, NPR, 11 Apr. 2024 One fatal standoff is between two women of color who appear to be roughly the same age. Amy Nicholson, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 The growing care crisis is one of the biggest challenges facing our nation, one that has been disproportionately borne by women and women of color, but impacts us all. Dawn Huckelbridge, Glamour, 9 Apr. 2024 In 2022, Harlow launched her own suncare line, Cay Skin, which surpassed over $4.1 million in funding, making her one of only 12 women of color founders to raise over $1 million. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 5 Apr. 2024 The project's premise leaps past the stereotypes of low-income women, particularly women of color, Stilp said. Jessica Van Egeren, Journal Sentinel, 4 Apr. 2024 This means that women of color can often go without adequate care during menopause. Janine Rubenstein, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024 Nine-time grammy winner Mary J. Blige has actively encouraged women of color to be screened earlier. Lipi Roy, Md, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of woman of color was in 1791

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“Woman of color.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woman%20of%20color. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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