A feminist is someone who supports equal rights for women. If your brother objects strongly to women being paid less than men for doing the same job, he's probably a feminist.

If you believe that women should have the same political, social, and economic rights as men, you are a feminist. It has absolutely nothing to do with putting down men or boys in order to elevate the status of women. The word feminist comes from feminism, which originally meant simply "being feminine," or "being a woman," but gained the meaning "advocacy of women's rights" in the late 1800s.

Definitions of feminist

n a supporter of feminism

libber, women's liberationist, women's rightist
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Simone de Beauvoir
French feminist and existentialist and novelist (1908-1986)
Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan
United States feminist who founded a national organization for women (born in 1921)
Charlotte Anna Perkins Gilman
United States feminist (1860-1935)
Lucretia Coffin Mott
United States feminist and suffragist (1793-1880)
Alice Paul
United States feminist (1885-1977)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
United States suffragist and feminist; called for reform of the practices that perpetuated sexual inequality (1815-1902)
Gloria Steinem
United States feminist (born in 1934)
Lucy Stone
United States feminist and suffragist (1818-1893)
Sojourner Truth
United States abolitionist and feminist who was freed from slavery and became a leading advocate of the abolition of slavery and for the rights of women (1797-1883)
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
English writer and early feminist who denied male supremacy and advocated equal education for women; mother of Mary Shelley (1759-1797)
Frances Wright
United States early feminist (born in Scotland) (1795-1852)
a woman advocate of women's right to vote (especially a militant advocate in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the 20th century)
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crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer
a disputant who advocates reform

adj of or relating to or advocating equal rights for women

feminist critique”

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