1Usually in form woman-power. Women considered collectively in relation to their capacity for work; the number of women working or available for work or service; the power of women in work. Compare "manpower", "girl power".
2Power or authority exercised by women; (especially in later use) a self-reliant attitude among women manifested in ambition, assertiveness, and individualism.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Republican. In some forms from woman + power.