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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Ginsburg is a former women's rights lawyer who argued groundbreaking gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court early in her career. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg was treated for pancreatic cancer this summer. Here's what we know," 26 Aug. 2019 People who are devoted to the church without wanting to deny a woman's right to choose what to do with her body. Melanie Hamlett, Glamour, "Designing Women Was a Series Ahead of Its Time. In 2019, It’s Still Revolutionary," 26 Aug. 2019 The case comes at a time when Saudi Arabia's position on women's rights appears to be changing. NBC News, "Saudi judge rules U.S. mother too Western to raise daughter," 21 Aug. 2019 Some women's rights activists were far less sympathetic. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "How a Flint court battle became Mateen Cleaves' most divisive victory," 21 Aug. 2019 The philanthropist and global advocate for women's rights explains through research and personal experience how empowering women can change the world. Dylan Byers, NBC News, "Byers Market: What the tech and media titans are reading this summer," 2 Aug. 2019 Meghan also revealed that Hayek—an actress, producer, women's rights activist, and advocate for refugees—was one of her first choices to star in the issue. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Salma Hayek Couldn't Tell Anyone About Meghan Markle's British Vogue Involvement—Not Even Her Fellow Cover Stars," 1 Aug. 2019 As recently as 2018, a government crackdown saw several women's rights activists detained, including women who had campaigned for the right to drive. Jessie Yeung And Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN, "Saudi Arabian women finally allowed to hold passports and travel independently," 2 Aug. 2019 The changes are a potential game-changer for Saudi women's rights in the kingdom. NBC News, "Saudi Arabia law change allows women to travel without male consent," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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