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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Legal experts have been quick to point out that this bill appears to violate Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that protects a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy until the fetus is viable, typically between 24 and 25 weeks. Samantha Leac, Glamour, "Women Who Have an Abortion in Georgia Could Soon Be Sentenced to Life in Prison," 8 May 2019 The Duchess of Sussex is known to be a vocal feminist and supporter of women's rights, but she's pointed out that her husband is, too. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Is "So Incredibly Proud" of Meghan Markle After She Gives Birth to Their Royal Baby," 6 May 2019 Its ultimate goal is to have the cast share their personal stories surrounding LGBTQ and women's rights and health, in hopes of sparking new and important conversations and connecting with a global audience. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "M.A.C. Just Announced Its Cast of Viva Glam MACtivists, Including Troye Sivan and Aquaria," 2 May 2019 The mushrooming of resistance against al-Bashir since the protests began in December can be credited in large part to women's rights activists who have seized on the moment to protest gender discrimination and violence in the country. Bridget Read, Vogue, "The Women of the Sudan Uprising Are Demanding to Be Heard," 9 Apr. 2019 The day, collectively founded by women, also brings attention to gender parity and women's rights. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Why International Women's Day Is Celebrated on March 8," 28 Feb. 2019 What has your grandmother taught you about feminism or women's rights? Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "Willow Smith Opens Up About What the Future of Feminism Actually Looks Like," 19 Feb. 2019 The sartorial choice was a hat tip to the suffragette movement, signaling that members of the Congress will continue to fight to advance women's rights. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Photo of Nancy Pelosi Clapping for Donald Trump Is a Whole Mood and Then Some," 6 Feb. 2019 Nearly half a century after the Supreme Court ruling that enshrined a woman's right to choose into federal law, Roe v. Wade's future is uncertain. Molly Finneseth, Glamour, "How to Be Prepared if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned," 22 Jan. 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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