“Feminism” Is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year

This year, feminists’ voices of both women and non-women alike, were heard loud and clear over the world wide web over various headline-grabbing issues (the #MeToo movement comes to mind), which only makes it the more relevant that “Feminism” is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2017.

feminism word of the year

On the Merriam-Webster website, editors wrote:

More recently, lookups of feminism have been increasing in conjunction with the many accounts of sexual assault and harassment in the news. Many women have come forward to share their stories with journalists and many more women joined in on social media using the #MeToo hashtag to say that they too have been affected by such behavior. The string of breaking news stories regarding the resignations, firings, or dismissals of men who have been charged with sexual harassment or assault has kept this story in the news.

Interestingly, the dictionary’s authorities also shared that word searches for feminism also spiked after the release of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and the DC film Wonder Woman.

Here’s a win for feminists worldwide!

Thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments!