Meaning of new woman in English:

new woman

Pronunciation /ˌnjuː ˈwʊmən/


  • Frequently with capital initials. A woman who is considered different from previous generations; especially one who challenges or rejects the traditional roles of wife, mother, or homemaker, and advocates independence for women and equality with men.

    Chiefly with reference to the period between the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Westminster Review. From new + woman, after new man.