For Immediate Release

November 17, 2014

STATEMENT: TIME Apologizes for Including "Feminist" In Worst Words Poll


TIME Magazine has apologized for putting the word “feminist” on its list of words to ban in 2015.

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“At last, TIME comes to its senses. Obviously ‘feminist’ is a worldwide movement for equality of women that cannot and must not be trivialized. Too many women’s lives depend on it. It’s very important that leaders from every walk of life, not only declare they are feminist, but help to empower women and to end the violence against and exploitation of women,” said Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal.

Here’s the full apology:

Time apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban. While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.
– Nancy Gibbs



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