Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year: Feminism

2017 was without a doubt a tumultuous year; politically, culturally, and environmentally. A lot of positive change came from this year. People became more aware and interested in what is happening within the states as well as globally. This is not me just saying this, google stats on key search terms that relate to current events have increased over fifty percent in the past year alone. Movements such as the #MeToo, Women’s march’s across the country, Time’s 2017 person of the year cover, and now Merriam Webster’s word of the year: feminism have contributed to the success of making people more aware. 

How did Merriam-Webster determine that feminism would be the word of the year? Well. This is how: They spent time analyzing the term look-ups in the dictionary for the past twelve months and determined that it was the most looked up term. Over 70% increase in the past year of look ups in the dictionary. 

One of the editors at Merriam-Webster said that it was not surprising that spikes in looking up feminism coincided with major news events. All in all, people are becoming more aware about the issues in our country as well as globally. 

Aside from written publications, movies have also had an impact on the female empowerment movement. The movie Wonder Woman was directed by the first woman of a superhero movie. 

Often, feminism is thrown around in coversations but some people do not even know what it really means. So here it is, the Merriam-Webster definition of feminism:

-the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests

It is also important to recognize the evolution of the word. It was first defined as meaning “the qualities of females” in Webster’s dictionary and now has come to mean so much more. The word itself carries history. It holds the power of the woman who fought for their rights ever since they could talk. 

So here is to humans standing up for women, themselves, and others. The world is filled with people like you, never doubt that. 

I hope that this was both an empowering and informative post that you will take to heart. 

Happy Holidays!


Tasha B. 

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