- Feminism is defined as a movement for equal rights for women.
The women who fought to have the right to vote, called Suffragettes, are an early example of feminism.
- Rare feminine qualities
- the principle that women should have political, economic, and social rights equal to those of men
- the movement to win such rights for women
Origin of feminism; from Classical Latin femina, woman + -ism
- Belief in or advocacy of women's social, political, and economic rights, especially with regard to equality of the sexes.
- The movement organized around this belief.
(countable and uncountable, plural feminisms)
From French féminisme circa 1837, ultimately from Latin fēminīnus, from fēmina (“woman”). First recorded in English in 1851, originally meaning "the state of being feminine." Sense of "advocacy of women's rights" is from 1895.