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 At stake is a seat held by a justice who was a champion of women's rights and spent her final years on the bench as the unquestioned leader of the court’s liberal wing. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Trump pledges woman for court, pushes Senate to move on pick," 19 Sep. 2020 The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg marks the loss of a giant who pioneered women's rights until her last days. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death sets up tense political fight over replacement," 19 Sep. 2020 Ginsburg was a feminist icon, a lifelong advocate for women's rights. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice and champion for gender equality, dies at 87," 19 Sep. 2020 Her death is mourned by many across the nation on both sides of the aisle as Americans remember her unparalleled fight for women's rights. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "'When daughters are beloved as much as sons': 11 powerful quotes from Ruth Bader Ginsburg," 19 Sep. 2020 Her career as both a lawyer and, ultimately, Supreme Court justice were characterized by her strong defense of women's rights. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion of Women, Dead at 87," 18 Sep. 2020 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi highlighted Ginsburg's dedication to advancing women's rights throughout her long legal career. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Tributes pour in for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died at age 87," 18 Sep. 2020 As the epicenter of the women’s suffrage movement, New York can lay claim to being the birthplace of women's rights. USA Today, "Who is your Woman of the Century?," 13 Aug. 2020 If there is to be true accountability for issues facing all families, a focus on the women leading the pack in voting and supporting women's rights and human rights should be prioritized. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "What's the next big movement for women? These Kentuckians weighed in," 1 Sep. 2020

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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 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of women's rights

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

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