And The Word Of The Year Is… Feminism


According to Merriam-Webster, lookups for “feminism” increased 70 percent in 2017, and spiked with each triumph for the movement we saw this year. Lookups spiked after the Women’s March movement took the country—and the entire world—by storm, making noise on every continent in at least 999 marches across the globe.

Lookups spiked after Hulu released The Handmaid’s Talean eerily-timed re-iteration of Margaret Atwood’s seminal warning of the dangers that attacks on women’s rights mean for entire societies and democracies. Lookups spiked when Wonder Woman marched across a battlefield and broke box office records.

Merriam-Webster uses the same definition of feminism that guides us here at Ms.: “the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” That definition is also the rallying cry of Ms. publisher, the Feminist Majority Foundation.

FMF launched in 1987 with a name that was both a consciousness-raiser and a hell-raiser. 30 years ago, using the “F-word” was no small matter; now, the term—and its namesake movement—are more popular than ever. 60 percent of women and 33 percent of men in the U.S. identify as feminists or strong feminists, according to an FMF poll.

Metiza wants to give major credit to Ms. for being a leader in sharing women’s voices for decades. We hope to elevate, to share, to join the movement of empowering women of all ages. Thank you Ms. for all you continue to do on behalf of women everywhere. 

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms. and a Contributing Editor and Co-Founder of Argot Magazine; her work has also appeared at Autostraddle, BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL and Everyday Feminism, and she is the former co-host of THE BOSSY SHOW. She stays very zen in L.A. traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

Cover image via Mathias Wasik / Creative Commons