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 Will the gains made for Afghan women's rights disappear? Jeremy Herb, CNN, "'It's an impossible situation': Democrats link arms with Biden on Afghanistan -- and brace for the worst," 27 Apr. 2021 The unveiling also comes in the middle of Women's History Month as another way to honor Ginsburg's legacy and her fight for women's rights. Dustin Barnes, USA TODAY, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg statue unveiled in Brooklyn honors Women's History Month, 88th birthday," 13 Mar. 2021 An advocate for women's rights, Curtis proposed the very first version of the Equal Rights Amendment. CBS News, "Remembering Charles Curtis, the first Native American vice president," 17 Jan. 2021 As a senator, Mondale helped push breakthrough legislation in civil rights, women's rights, environmental protections, fair housing and family issues. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "Walter Mondale, 1928-2021: A rich life devoted to public service," 19 Apr. 2021 But not all women agree that transwomen's rights are indistinguishable from women's rights, including the Women’s Sports Policy Working Group (WSPWG) – a bipartisan group of former female elite athletes and sports policy advocates. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, "Women’s rights groups back transgender athletes competing in female sporting events," 2 Apr. 2021 While Fonda was honored for her decades-long career on the screen, she was also recognized for her unrelenting fight for women's rights, social justice, and environmental justice. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jane Fonda Wants Us to Give "Everyone's Story a Chance to Be Seen and Heard"," 1 Mar. 2021 Democratic lawmakers and women's rights activists have questioned whether the new legislation on fathers helping to cover costs will actually meet women's needs. Sophia Eppolito, USA TODAY, "Utah dads will be required to pay half of pregnancy costs under new law," 5 Apr. 2021 Some Democratic lawmakers and women's rights activists have also questioned if this measure will actually meet women's needs. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Utah will require biological fathers to pay 50% of pregnancy costs," 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of women's rights

1632, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2021

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“Women's rights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/women%27s%20rights. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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

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