After Donald Trumps election, activist Alison Segel compiled the grievances of women, starting with the dictionary
It has been no surprise that women are among those keening over Donald Trumps election victory. But they are also using the result as a platform for protest. Alison Segel is an activist and writer who started compiling a post-election zine Forever Nasty for aggrieved women in an attempt to galvanise them. The submissions were myriad, including fan art of Hillary Clinton, prose, poetry and, finally, a screenshot of a definition of how femininity is used in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. It read: She managed to become a female CEO without sacrificing her femininity.
Horrified, Segel tweeted the screenshot with the thinking-face emoji. The tweet found its way back to Merriam-Websters lexicographer, Peter Sokolowski, and shortly afterwards, the company changed it. Segel was thrilled and surprised. I wanted to create a dialogue and was not looking or expecting to get the definition altered. The new definition? The quality or nature of the female sex.