Why ‘Feminism’ Is Merriam-Webster’s 2017 Word of
Feminism isn’t just a buzzword; it’s the most-searched word of 2017.
Merriam-Webster announced that the word was a top lookup throughout the year, as queries surged 70 percent, with several spikes corresponding to various news reports and events, including the Women’s March on Washington in January and following Kellyanne Conway’s interview declaration that she doesn’t consider herself a feminist.
According to the dictionary, feminism means “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests.” Searches of the proper definition were reportedly also driven by entertainment this year, as searches increased after the release of both Hulu’s series The Handmaid’s Tale and the Wonder Woman film.
The word even hit the fashion world in a big way, with designers like Christian Diorand Prabal Gurung sparking a trend of slogan tees, spotted on celebrities such as Madonna, Rihanna, Common and Jennifer Lawrence.