'Feminism' is Merriam Webster's word of the year


Published: 2017-12-12 18:03

Last Updated: 2023-11-17 19:11

The term generated 70% more searches than last year (Pinterest)
 The term generated 70% more searches than last year (Pinterest)

Merriam-Webster reportedly said the word “feminism” was the the most-searched word in its online dictionary, according to CNN.

The term generated 70% more searches on the online dictionary than it did last year.

The popularity of the word does not come as much as a surprise, following the #MeToo movement denouncing sexual harassment, which kicked off earlier this year, alongside several other major events that dealt with women's’ issues.

As the #MeToo movement took off in the fall, millions of women around the world shared their stories of sexual harassment, especially after public female figures urged women to do so.

Women across the world are subjected to sexual harassment, and Jordan is no exception, with a high number of cases going unreported.

A local study revealed that one in two female survivors of sexual assault in Jordan hesitate to file a complaint against their offenders out of fear of shame or scandal.

The term “feminism” first spiked in the U.S after the Women’s March in Washington in January this year, and after the White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said it was hard for her to call herself a feminist because it seems anti-male.

Meanwhile, Merriam Webster defines “feminism” as “ the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.”