wom·​an·​ism | \ ˈwu̇-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce womanism (audio) \

Definition of womanism

: a form of feminism focused especially on the conditions and concerns of Black women

Other Words from womanism

womanist \ ˈwu̇-​mə-​nist How to pronounce womanism (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of womanism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, Alice Walker creating womanism, a term specific for Black women. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Dec. 2021 Writer and activist reflects on freedom, Black feminism/womanism and writing in community. San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Feb. 2021 In response, some black feminists decamped from feminism to create womanism. Constance Grady, Vox, 1 June 2018 Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, and Kimberlé Crenshaw couldn’t create terms like Black feminism, womanism, and intersectionality to spread the word about our struggle without that knowledge. refinery29.com, 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of womanism

1984, in the meaning defined above

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“Womanism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/womanism. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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