women's rights

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Definition of women's rights 

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

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The outcome was hailed across around the world as a victory for women's rights. refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle Breaks Royal Protocol By Speaking About Ireland's Abortion Vote," 11 July 2018 Abderrahim, a former lawmaker and militant for women's rights, doesn't wear a veil. NBC News, "Tunisia's capital elects first female mayor," 3 July 2018 The resurgence of these allegations has plagued the image of the liberal leader known for his strong record on women's rights. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Justin Trudeau responds to groping allegations: ‘I don’t remember any negative interactions’," 2 July 2018 The most emphatic supporters of women's right to drive, however, have been silenced. Aya Batrawy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Saudi Arabia’s 'driving ban' is finally lifted," 25 June 2018 And the changes are primarily driven by economic considerations, even those surrounding women's rights. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Who is behind the wheel in a changing Saudi Arabia?," 22 June 2018 Rosa is the sixth former cheerleader to sign on as a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by women's rights attorney Gloria Allred and Houston attorney Kimberly Spurlock. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Another former Texans cheerleader joins lawsuit against team," 22 June 2018 This is in spite of Ivanka's purported support for human and women's rights. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "People Think Ivanka Trump's Dress Looks a Lot Like Immigrant Children's Blankets," 20 June 2018 The uprising became a catalyst for an emerging gay rights movement as organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance were formed, modeled after the civil rights movement and the women's rights movement. Ayana Archie And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "It's Pride Month. Here's what you need to know," 13 June 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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