Definitions for feminismˈfɛm əˌnɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fem•i•nismˈfɛm əˌnɪz əm(n.)

  1. a doctrine advocating social, political, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.

    Category: Sociology

  2. a movement for the attainment of such rights.

    Category: Sociology

  3. feminine character.

Origin of feminism:

1890–95; < F féminisme

fem`i•nis′tic(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. feminism(noun)

    a doctrine that advocates equal rights for women

  2. feminist movement, feminism, women's liberation movement, women's lib(noun)

    the movement aimed at equal rights for women

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. feminism(noun)ˈfɛm əˌnɪz əm

    the belief that women should have equal rights to men

    She is a strong leader and feminist.; feminist ideas

Wiktionary

  1. feminism(Noun)

    A social theory or political movement supporting the equality of both sexes in all aspects of public and private life; specifically, a theory or movement that argues that legal and social restrictions on females must be removed in order to bring about such equality.

  2. Origin: From féminisme c. 1837, ultimately from femininus, from femina. First recorded in English in 1851, originally meaning "the state of being feminine." Sense of "advocacy of women's rights" is from 1895.

Freebase

  1. Feminism

    Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. The Utopian Socialist and French philosopher Charles Fourier is credited with having originated the word "feminism" in 1837. The words "feminism" and "feminist" first appeared in France and the Netherlands in 1872, Great Britain in the 1890s, and the United States in 1910., and the Oxford English Dictionary lists 1894 as the year of the first appearance of "feminist" and 1895 for "feminism". Today the Oxford English Dictionary defines a feminist as "an advocate or supporter of the rights and equality of women". Feminist theory, which emerged from these feminist movements, aims to understand the nature of gender inequality by examining women's social roles and lived experience; it has developed theories in a variety of disciplines in order to respond to issues such as the social construction of sex and gender. Some of the earlier forms of feminism have been criticized for taking into account only white, middle-class, educated perspectives. This led to the creation of ethnically specific or multiculturalist forms of feminism.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Feminism

    The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes and organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests. (Webster New Collegiate Dictionary, 1981)


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

feminism(noun)

the thought and actions of people who want to make women's (legal, political, social etc) rights equal to those of men.

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