the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women.
Older Use, character.
Contemporary Examples

It means that feminism has gone from something that the right wants to destroy to something it wants to appropriate.
How Palin Flunks Feminism Michelle Goldberg November 25, 2010

What part of feminism means that I walk away from the things that challenge and upset me on occasion?
The Cake Is a Lie: Sexism Isn’t a Boss Gamer Girls Can Beat Emily V Gordon July 7, 2014

Singh went on to say that Indian women should beware of adopting a western code of feminism.
How India’s Elites Encourage Rape Neha Sharma July 14, 2014

You should mold your definition of feminism to the one held by your critics.
Why Millennials Think They Hate Feminism Lizzie Crocker May 6, 2014

She blamed the lawyers for focusing on politics, not on feminism.
How the Pussy Riot Girls Trial Fell Apart Alisa Obraztsova May 7, 2013

Historical Examples

And, besides, she felt constrained to point out that feminism meant worlds more than a mere vote.
Women as World Builders Floyd Dell

It will be seen from this how little he is involved by feminism.
Browning’s Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne

But first the explanation of why I, a man, write these articles on feminism.
Women as World Builders Floyd Dell

With flies, feminism is brought frankly into the love mechanism.
The Natural Philosophy of Love Remy de Gourmont

As the victim of masculinism or feminism is a degenerate the explosive manifestations are more marked.
Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot

a doctrine or movement that advocates equal rights for women

1851, “state of being feminine;” sense of “advocacy of women’s rights” is 1895, from French féminisme (1837); see feminine + -ism.

The doctrine — and the political movement based on it — that women should have the same economic, social, and political rights as men. (See under “Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology.”)

A movement for granting women political, social, and economic equality with men. (See women’s movement.)


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