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Dear Ms. Osborn,
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In the U.S. woman suffrage movement, it's "suffragist." Although the two terms are used interchangeably, they do not mean the same thing. In fact, "suffragette" was a derogatory term for suffragists. Suffragists in the UK embraced the term for their movement, but only a small minority of American suffragists did - to most it was an insult.
If you want to know more, please check out: https://www.nps.gov/articles/suffragistvssuffragette.htm
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Thanks for your question! We wanted to provide a little more information for answering your question.
The simple distinction is: a “suffragette” refers to those involved in the British movement for a woman’s right to vote. A “suffragist” refers to those involved in the U.S. movement for a woman’s right to vote. However, the term “suffragette” was sometimes used in the United States, often by those opposed to women’s suffrage, to mark someone as a more radical supporter of a woman’s right to vote. For more see the following links:
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