Feminism definition

fĕmə-nĭzəm
Belief in or advocacy of women's social, political, and economic rights, especially with regard to equality of the sexes.
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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.

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The movement organized around this belief.
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A social theory or political movement arguing that legal and social restrictions on females must be removed in order to bring about equality of both sexes in all aspects of public and private life.
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The principle that women should have political, economic, and social rights equal to those of men.
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(dated) The state of being feminine. [from 1851; less common after 1895]
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The movement to win such rights for women.
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(rare) Feminine qualities.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
feminism
Plural:
feminisms

Origin of feminism

  • 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.

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