‘Feminism’ is Merriam-Webster dictionary’s word of year


A leading US dictionary has named “feminism” as its word of 2017 following a surge in online searches

Merriam-Webster said interest in the term was driven by women’s marches, new TV shows and films on women’s issues and the string of news stories on sexual assault and harassment claims.

The number of people searching for the word was up 70% on 2016, it said.

Led 5eThe dictionary defines feminism as “the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes”.

It adds that it is also “organised activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests”.

In January the first spike in interest occurred after…

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