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 Now as the country goes to the ballot box, the conversation on women's rights should never be about numbers. Carmen Geha, CNN, 14 May 2022 The attack on women's rights to not be forced to remain pregnant is scary and urgent. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 5 Apr. 2022 Climate change is very intersectional, from food to women's rights. ABC News, 22 Apr. 2022 The Ford Foundation announced a $420 million investment to tackle threats to women's rights caused by COVID-19. Sylvie Corbet, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Still, over the last two decades, the US spent hundreds of millions of dollars promoting women's rights in Afghanistan, and a whole generation of us entered our careers with genuine hope for gender equality. Jameela Naseri, CNN, 18 Jan. 2022 In yet another sign that the Taliban may continue to restrict women's rights in Afghanistan, female employees in the Kabul city government must stay home unless their work cannot be replaced by men, the capital's interim mayor said Sunday. Tim O'donnell, The Week, 19 Sep. 2021 Grundberg has been conducting extensive consultations with not just the warring countries, but also political parties, civil society activists, and women's rights advocates. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, 31 Mar. 2022 And Eloise Bridgerton finds a new way to assert her independent nature by attending women's rights gatherings, even as her friend Penelope Featherington (who is also Lady Whistledown in the books) gets further ensnared in trouble for her writings. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 26 May. 2022.

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