Merriam-Webster is no stranger to having to define feminism, but this time it’s dictionary users themselves who are seeking out the meaning of the word.
The dictionary publisher tweeted that the word “feminism” — which it notes is “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities” — was the fifth-most looked-up word on its website. This is particularly notable as it’s also International Women’s Day, which not only honors women’s struggles but also celebrates all their historical achievements, and sees many women planning to take the day off, in a sign of solidarity.
Merriam-Webster’s Twitter account then followed up with another tweet a short while later, this one defining the word “intersectionality,” a term for the overlap (or “intersection”) of many forms of discrimination, including sexism, racism, ableism, and classism. Intersectionality is often brought up in regards to feminism, as it acknowledges that different women may encounter different forms of discrimination.