women's rights

plural noun

: 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 The Taliban's suspension of higher education for women in Afghanistan in late December continued its brutal crackdown on women's rights. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2023 Since the collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government in 2021, the Taliban has systematically cracked down on women's rights. Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, 24 Dec. 2022 Hefner's legacy was always complicated by his public support for women's rights, civil rights, free speech. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2022 Beyond showing off their major hair and style moves, Halsey often uses their platform for advocacy, most recently in defense of women's rights following the Supreme Court's overturn of Roe v. Wade in June. Michelle Lee, PEOPLE.com, 14 July 2022 Novelist and daughter of famous defender of women's rights Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1816 during a ghost-writing contest. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 8 July 2022 The Taliban has systematically cracked down on women's rights and human rights in general since taking over the country in 2021. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 20 Dec. 2022 This year's midterm elections include several races that directly affect the future of women's rights, as reproductive rights are challenged at the federal and local levels. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Oct. 2022 The rhetoric has caused concern for women's rights within the country. Devika Rao, The Week, 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of women's rights was in 1632

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“Women's rights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/women%27s%20rights. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

women's rights

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