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.
The 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”.
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“There is a 53 percent problem in American feminism.
“According to exit polls, that is the percentage of white women who voted for Donald Trump.
“‘The triumph of…Trump represents the failure of many things. One of them is white feminism,’ black feminist author Tamara Winfrey Harris wrote.
“[A] vocal segment of women of color, especially black feminists, are saying, hold up…. While white feminists are issuing all-hands-on-deck calls to stand against a Trump presidency, these women say, they haven’t worked hard enough to even win over a majority of their own ranks. (Polls show 94 percent of black women — the highest percentage in the nation — voted for Hillary Clinton, as did 69 percent of Latinas.)”
“ percent of black women voted for Jones, while 63 percent of white women voted for Moore. About 30 percent of white voters overall chose Jones.
“White, college-educated women preferred Moore, with 57 percent voting for him.”
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