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feminism

Line breaks: fem¦in|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m
 
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Definition of feminism in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
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

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; seminal figures included Betty Friedan and Germaine Greer

Origin

late 19th century: from French féminisme.

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