Share this entry

Share this page

feminism

Syllabification: fem·i·nism
Pronunciation: /ˈfeməˌnizəm
 
/

Definition of feminism in English:

noun

The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

The issue of rights for women first became prominent during the French and American revolutions in the late 18th century. In Britain it was not until the emergence of the suffragette movement in the late 19th century that there was significant political change. A ‘second wave’ of feminism arose in the 1960s, with an emphasis on unity and sisterhood

Example sentences
  • Equality feminism and American liberalism seek equality for every individual.
  • Is there any conflict between Islamic feminism and radical or socialist feminisms?
  • Liberal feminism has equal rights for men and women as its major concern.
Synonyms
the women's movement, the feminist movement, women's liberation, female emancipation, women's rights
informal women's lib

Origin

late 19th century: from French féminisme.

Definition of feminism in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rəˈzilyənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…