a woman advocate of female suffrage.

1900–05; suffrage + -ette

suffragettism, noun

suffragist, suffragette.

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suffragette (ˌsʌfrəˈdʒɛt)
a female advocate of the extension of the franchise to women, esp a militant one, as in Britain at the beginning of the 20th century
[C20: from suffrag(e) + -ette]

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Word Origin & History

"female supporter of the cause of women's voting rights," 1906, from suffrage, with Fr. fem. ending in vogue at the time. Earlier (without reference to sex) suffragist (1822) "advocate of extension of the political franchise in Britain," or, in the U.S., of voting rights
for free blacks. Especially with ref. to women after c.1885.
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suffragette [(suf-ruh-jet)]

A suffragist. Today, the term suffragette is often considered demeaning.

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