advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.
an advocate of such rights.
Contemporary Examples

Marjorie Wilkes Huntley was a New Age feminist, a widow, and a librarian.
Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine Tom Arnold-Forster November 2, 2014

Lisa Simpson, a feminist vegetarian and social activist, works tirelessly for oppressed people and has a very positive stance.
Iran Bans ‘Simpsons’ Toys? How Homer, Marge, and Krusty Could Help Regime. Andrew Roberts June 2, 2012

Nora Ephron had been a mail girl at Newsweek in the 1960s, as had Susan Brownmiller, the feminist writer.
Behind ‘The Good Girls Revolt’: The ‘Newsweek’ Lawsuit That Paved the Way for Women Writers Jessica Bennett, Jesse Ellison September 10, 2012

And if he defines himself as not a feminist, then what is he?
Louis C.K. on Daniel Tosh’s Rape Joke: Are Comedy and Feminism Enemies? Jennifer L. Pozner July 17, 2012

Well were you worried about there being any kind of feminist backlash to the book?
Caitlin Moran on Slut Walks, Feminism, and Being the British Tina Fey Jesse Ellison July 16, 2012

Historical Examples

They do not want the feminist, the creature doomed to the sterile affection of a little lamp-post-loving dog dragging at a lead.
A Prisoner in Turkey John Still

For the rest she had given herself—with reservations—to the feminist movement.
Marriage la mode Mrs. Humphry Ward

They thought that you—well—they say feminist women are like the women were in the time of the Commune.
Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe Eugne Brieux

Havelock the Dane, on the other hand, was by no means a feminist, but was a socialist.
The Best Short Stories of 1917 Various

In other words, the very first thing that the feminist movement must prove is that it is eugenic.
Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby

a person who advocates equal rights for women
of, relating to, or advocating feminism

1893, from French féministe (1872); cf. feminism. As an adjective by 1897. Womanist sometimes was tried as a native alternative.


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