women's rights

plural noun

Definition of women's rights

: legal, political, and social rights for women equal to those of men

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The sartorial choice was a hat tip to the suffragette movement, signaling that members of the Congress will continue to fight to advance women's rights. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Photo of Nancy Pelosi Clapping for Donald Trump Is a Whole Mood and Then Some," 6 Feb. 2019 Nearly half a century after the Supreme Court ruling that enshrined a woman's right to choose into federal law, Roe v. Wade's future is uncertain. Molly Finneseth, Glamour, "How to Be Prepared if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned," 22 Jan. 2019 She's expected to make women's rights a key part of her platform. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Everybody Running for President in 2020," 18 Jan. 2019 In just the short time that she's been an official royal family member, the Duchess has made a point of advocating for women's rights. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Bright Red Coat for Her First Engagement of the Year with Prince Harry," 14 Jan. 2019 Ruth Bader Ginsburg has used her Supreme Court position to advocate for women's rights and equality for decades now. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Banana Republic Reissues Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Dissent Collar to Benefit the ACLU," 8 Jan. 2019 Later, in 2017, during President Trump's first congressional address, all female Democrats in Congress wore white as a way to highlight their opposition to any policies negatively impacting women's rights. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wore Suffragette White to Be Sworn Into Congress," 3 Jan. 2019 In the past, Steph has been an outspoken advocate for women's rights issues, including equal pay. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "This 9-Year-Old Basketball Player Is Asking Steph Curry Why His Sneakers Are Only Made for Boys," 27 Nov. 2018 Beyoncé has put herself forward as a women's rights activist. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé Will No Longer Sell Ivy Park at Topshop," 15 Nov. 2018

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1632, in the meaning defined above

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: legal, political, and social rights for women that are equal to those of men

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