women's rights

plural noun

Definition of women's rights

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

Examples of women's rights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along with opposition to Pakistan, protesters in Afghanistan have been expressing support for women's rights amid fears that the Taliban will roll them back. NBC News, 7 Sep. 2021 The group has insisted its new era in charge will be more moderate, but Taliban leaders have refused to guarantee women's rights will not be stripped back and many have already faced violence. Rob Picheta And Zahid Mahmood, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 The Taliban is notorious for violating women's rights. Fox News, 25 Aug. 2021 Harris, the first female, Black and South Asian vice president, has long championed women's rights as a prosecutor, senator and later a presidential candidate. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2021 As Afghanistan's once-again rulers, the Taliban would refrain from retributory violence and respect women's rights - at least so far as Islam allows. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2021 Many Afghanis are concerned that the militants will now reimpose their brutal and austere rule over Afghanistan, that saw women's rights all but eliminated and minorities persecuted. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 16 Aug. 2021 Civilians fearing that the Taliban could reimpose the kind of brutal rule that all but eliminated women's rights rushed to leave the country, lining up at cash machines to withdraw their life savings. CBS News, 15 Aug. 2021 No One Left Behind, and a campaign of Taliban assassinations in the last year has targeted government officials, police and security forces, prominent women's rights activists, journalists and more. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, 15 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of women's rights

1632, in the meaning defined above

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“Women's rights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/women%27s%20rights. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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


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