One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Usually in form woman-power. Women considered collectively in relation to their capacity for work; the number of women working or available for work or service; the power of women in work.
2Power or authority exercised by women; (especially in later use) a self-reliant attitude among women manifested in ambition, assertiveness, and individualism.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Republican. In some forms from woman + power. In some forms from the plural of woman + power.
woman power/ˈwʊmən ˌpaʊə/
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