Origin of feminism
historical usage of feminism
OTHER WORDS FROM feminismfem·i·nist, noun, adjectivean·ti·fem·i·nism, nounpro·fem·i·nism, noun
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What does feminism mean?
Feminism is a doctrine, or principle, that states women should have rights equal to those of men, especially social and political rights.
Because feminism is a doctrine, there are many different thoughts about what feminism actually means and how best to achieve the desired equality. There is no unified group of feminists with a single philosophy, but all feminists agree that women are somehow not treated equally to men and that they should be.
From around 1960, feminism began to be concerned with women’s civil rights and questioned what women’s role in society should be. Scholars are divided on whether the second wave actually ended and, if so, when.
Starting in the 1990s, feminism started emphasizing electing women to political offices and majorly fighting against sexual harassment in the workplace. Many feminists at the time also questioned the notion of gender and the stereotypes of male and female societal roles and behavior.
Some scholars suggest in the early 2010s, feminists began to focus on furthering better treatment of women. This can be seen by the rapid spread of the Me Too movement.
Why is feminism important?
The first records of the word feminism come from around 1840. It is made from the Latin fēmina, meaning “woman,” and the suffix -ism, which denotes a principle or doctrine.
But women argued for equality to men much earlier than 1840. Feminism writings have been recorded as early as the 1300s and even ancient Roman women sometimes gathered to oppose discriminatory laws.
Feminism is not a monolithic movement in which all feminists share a single belief system. Even the first wave of feminism had groups with different beliefs and goals. Additionally, both the first and second waves had divisions based on class and race, and the second wave had divisions on nationality.
Even today, there are many different ideas about what feminism is and what its goals should be.
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Susan B. Anthony was a major leader of the women’s suffrage movement, and she founded the National Woman Suffrage Association with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Anthony was the first woman to have her likeness honored on American coins thanks to a 1978 law that bears her name, the Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin Act.
What are real-life examples of feminism?
Feminism takes many forms and can be addressed from many different perspectives.
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— Julie Ae Kim (@julieaekim) March 18, 2021
Feminism is still widely held today, and there are still people who fight against it.
Don't forget the first wave of feminism: tomorrow is International Women's Day.
— ladina (@so_dina) March 7, 2011
In my view, feminism isn’t about:
-wearing makeup or going natural
-dressing modestly or provocatively
-working full-time or staying home with kids
It’s about having the right to make each of these (and other) decisions for yourself without being judged by others.
— Jen Heemstra (@jenheemstra) August 18, 2020
True or False?
Feminism is the belief that women should have rights equal to men’s rights.
How to use feminism in a sentence
Journalist Koa Beck—a veteran of Jezebel, Vogue, and Marie Claire—examines, with clear-eyed scrutiny and in meticulous detail, the history of feminism, from the true mission of the suffragettes to the rise of corporate feminism.10 of the best new books coming out in January 2021|Rachel King|January 1, 2021|Fortune
It’s a very, very difficult territory to walk, to build a unicorn-scale business based on feminism.Female founders under fire: Are women in the startup world being unfairly targeted?|Maria Aspan|December 3, 2020|Fortune
She has published a how-to handbook for activists, Heroines of the Streets, that she hopes will offer tools to other women advocating for radical feminism.
It acknowledges the rich, complicated history of the women’s suffrage movement and forges a new pathway for inclusive feminism.Behind the Scenes of a New Kind of Feminist Relay Race|Christine Yu|September 22, 2020|Outside Online
Sweden’s brand of feminism had spent a decade working to create a more balanced society, both for women in the workplace and for men in the home.
Here she is in June saying “Trans politics and feminism have never been headed to the same place.”Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As my fellow students have eloquently demonstrated, we need feminism.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Unwittingly or not, modern feminism is leaving its disabled sisters out of the discussion.#YesAllWomen, but Not Really: How Feminism Leaves the Disabled Behind|Elizabeth Heideman|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Mainstream feminism is riddled with classism, racism, and sexual orientation discrimination,” she wrote.
Lepore has a different, though still linear, metaphor for the history of feminism: “a river, wending.”Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
None were about the party, but on subjects like 35 "political economy," "the fur trade," "feminism."My Wonderful Visit|Charlie Chaplin
Only after serious study of sexual dimorphism in the animal series may one venture a few reflections on feminism.
For if there are in nature numerous examples of feminism, there are very few of an equality of the sexes.
It appears that public opinion in New England was disagreeably impressed by this early manifestation of feminism.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States|Selig Perlman
For feminism, in a sense, is a return to atavism, and sex antagonism and sex attraction are functions of the same thing.The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete|Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for feminism
Cultural definitions for feminism (1 of 2)
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.”)
Cultural definitions for feminism (2 of 2)
A movement for granting women political, social, and economic equality with men. (See women's movement.)