Merriam-Webster's word of the year is 'feminism'

Glen Mclaughlin
December 14, 2017

Now defined as, "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes", as well as, "organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests", feminism saw a 70 percent spike in searches compared to 2016, according to Merriam-Webster.

Online dictionary Merriam-Webster's has dubbed "feminism" its word of the year for 2017 after the website recorded an increase of 70% in searches for the word over the past 12 months. In this case, the definition of feminism was itself the subject of the news story-an invitation for many people to look up the word.

"His definition was, 'The qualities of females, ' so basically feminism to Noah Webster meant femaleness".

Just last week, Time gave Person of the Year to the "silence breakers" who shared their stories about sexual harassment through the #MeToo campaign, which sparked a larger social movement and a domino effect of accusations against powerful men in politics and in media.

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Merriam-Webster, a leading dictionary publication since 1828, said feminism was chosen based on a "quantitative measure of interest". At the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, Conway said, "It's hard for me to call myself a feminist in a classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male, and it certainly is very pro-abortion, and I'm neither anti-male or pro-abortion".

Feminism spiked following news coverage of the Women's March on Washington, DC in January (and other related marches held around the country and internationally), and follow-up discussions regarding whether the march was feminist, and what kind of feminism was represented by organizers and attendees. "I'm neither anti-male or pro-abortion", she said.

"There's an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices ... And to me, that's what conservative feminism is all about". It was about the gender pay gap, attacks on reproductive rights, sexual harassment and much more. Other runners-up are: recuse, empathy, dotard, syzygy, gyro, federalism, hurricane and gaffe.

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