women's movement

women's liberation

noun
a movement to combat sexual discrimination and to gain full legal, economic, vocational, educational, and social rights and opportunities for women, equal to those of men.
Also called women's liberation movement, women's movement, women's lib.


Origin:
1965–70

women's liberationist, women's libber, noun
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Women's Liberation
 
n
Also called: women's lib a movement directed towards the removal of attitudes and practices that preserve inequalities based upon the assumption that men are superior to women

Women's Movement
 
n
See Women's Liberation a grass-roots movement of women concerned with women's liberation

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women's movement definition


A movement to secure legal, economic, and social equality for women, also called the feminist movement. It has its roots in the nineteenth-century women's movement, which sought, among other things, to secure property rights and suffrage for women. The modern feminist movement, often said to have been galvanized by the publication of Betty Friedan's book The Feminine Mystique, began in the 1960s and advocates equal pay for equal work, improved day care arrangements, and preservation of abortion rights. (See Equal Rights Amendment, feminism, and Gloria Steinem.)

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