Definition of feminism in English:

feminism

noun

mass noun
  • The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

    • ‘At some other point in the interview he accused feminism of being a father-hating movement.’
    • ‘Archival feminist film research is one central strand of feminism and film studies.’
    • ‘The Government must be proud of its feminism and of what it claims to stand for.’
    • ‘Equality feminism and American liberalism seek equality for every individual.’
    • ‘Liberal feminism has equal rights for men and women as its major concern.’
    • ‘Is there any conflict between Islamic feminism and radical or socialist feminisms?’
    • ‘The other aspect of her conservatism which seems most unsavoury today is her hostility to feminism.’
    • ‘Of course there were feminists, but this was a long time before feminism went mainstream.’
    • ‘Did militant feminism require women to give up their womanhood and adopt masculinity?’
    • ‘This was not feminism, indeed the second wave of feminism was largely a reaction against it.’
    • ‘For liberal feminism, censorship in one area cannot be separated from censorship in another.’
    • ‘As a man who is committed to social justice, I have always been a supporter of feminism.’
    • ‘One would like to request the filmmaker at least to do some reading on feminism.’
    • ‘But if it does need more explanation, let me do so by looking at the history of feminism.’
    • ‘Militarism was developed as an antidote to feminism just as much as it was designed to fight socialism.’
    • ‘Aggressive feminism and political correctness have filled the vacuum of religious authority.’
    • ‘Liberal feminism looks at the roles women play in world politics and asks why they are marginalized.’
    • ‘Not every dictionary or thesaurus acknowledges the opposite of feminism and feminist.’
    • ‘There are few persons today who would openly oppose the general principles of equality that drive feminism.’
    • ‘This is one part of feminism which will never be subject to revisionism.’
    the women's movement, the feminist movement, women's liberation, female emancipation, women's rights
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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. A ‘third wave’ was identified in the late 1980s and 1990s, as a reaction against the perceived lack of focus on class and race issues in earlier movements

Origin

Late 19th century: from French féminisme.

Pronunciation

feminism

/ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/