“Feminism” was Merriam-Webster’s most-searched term in 2017, and the dictionary reported that the searches for the term rose 70% over searches in 2016.
I’m curious to see how other search engines (namely, Google) saw any trends in searches for the term. Let’s take a look!
Here’s Google searches for “feminism” worldwide over 2017:
That first spike is right around the time of the Women’s March! Several marches were held all over the world, so this makes sense.
Now here are worldwide searches for “feminist” in 2017:
So that’s pretty much the same. Not too surprising.
Let’s look at how these two terms fared in search for the US.
Here’s how “feminism” did:
That’s the highest spike around the Women’s March that we’ve seen for the term!
And here’s “feminist:”
Another big spike around the Women’s March!
The data clearly supports Merriam-Webster’s findings!