fem·​i·​nism | \ ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce feminism (audio) \

Definition of feminism

: belief in and advocacy of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes expressed especially through organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests

Other Words from feminism

feministic \ ˌfe-​mə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce feminism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of feminism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The communitarian ideals of radical women’s groups faded from public memory, and feminism was glossed as a movement for female careers. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, 7 Sep. 2022 Back in 2008, the entertainment industry hadn’t been guilted into performed feminism yet. Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2022 Lara and Lia met online in 2009, in the field of lesbian feminism activism. Francesca Marani, Vogue, 25 Aug. 2022 The song’s lyrics called on the religious saints to embrace feminism and to drive the Russian dictator away from their lives. Steve Appleford, SPIN, 23 Aug. 2022 So the first part discusses the genesis or the origins of contemporary Black feminism. Janelle Harris Dixon, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2022 Her work focuses on nostalgia, diversity, spiritual growth, mental health and intersectional feminism. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2022 But try finding any modern franchise without his mark: the detached irony of the dialogue, the empowerment story, the superficial feminism. Soraya Roberts, The Atlantic, 31 July 2022 Three decades after Tiananmen Square, Chinese activists struggle to publicly advocate for feminism or worker’s rights — let alone political reform. Vic Chiang, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of feminism

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for feminism

see feminine entry 1

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“Feminism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminism. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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fem·​i·​nism | \ ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce feminism (audio) \

Kids Definition of feminism

1 : the belief that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities
2 : organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests

Other Words from feminism

feminist \ -​nist \ noun or adjective


fem·​i·​nism | \ ˈfem-ə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce feminism (audio) \

Medical Definition of feminism

: the presence of female characteristics in males

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