Empowerment is the power granted by one person or institution to another. The government can grant empowerment to a department to effect change, or a person can grant empowerment to her lawyer to sign contracts on her behalf.

In the US of the 1950s and 60s, there were a number of groups that sought empowerment against oppression. Some of these included the Civil Rights Movement, led by a number of powerful members including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During this period, César Chávez worked for the rights of Latinos and farm workers. There were a number of other empowerment movements as well, each working to gain power for an oppressed group.

Definitions of empowerment
  1. noun
    the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
    synonyms: authorisation, authorization
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    the act of final authorization
    licence, license, permission, permit
    the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
    certification, enfranchisement
    the act of certifying or bestowing a franchise on
    commission, commissioning
    the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
    delegating, delegation, deputation, relegating, relegation
    authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
    loan approval
    formal authorization to get a loan (usually from a bank)
    rubber stamp
    routine authorization of an action without questions
    benefit of clergy
    sanction by a religious rite
    by the sanction or authority of
    nihil obstat
    authoritative approval
    the act of granting credit or recognition (especially with respect to educational institution that maintains suitable standards)
    the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
    devolution, devolvement
    the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)
    permission to proceed
    conge, congee
    formal permission to depart
    the act of allowing
    an exemption from some rule or obligation
    (religion) official recognition of the right of individuals to hold dissenting opinions
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    direction, management
    the act of managing something
  2. noun
    the process of gaining confidence, strength, and the capacity for self-determination
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    physical process, process
    a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states
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