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  1. empowerment
    the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
    Despite the massive amount of effort spent on women’s empowerment, Afghanistan remains a deeply misogynist culture where only 17% of women can read and write.The Guardian (Oct 8, 2015)
  2. gender
    the biological or cultural traits associated with one sex
    The players claimed that it was gender discrimination because their male counterparts have never played a World Cup on an artificial surface.Washington Times (Oct 28, 2015)
  3. gap
    a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures
    Human rights groups have also criticized the law for fueling China's skewed gender gap.The Verge (Oct 29, 2015)
  4. maimed
    having a part of the body crippled or disabled
    They are too focused on one thing and one thing alone: how to prevent themselves from being maimed or killed.Time (Oct 22, 2014)
  5. brutalize
    treat brutally
    First of all, it plays a role in not paying enough attention to the women who have been brutalized by the police.Time (Oct 26, 2015)
  6. misogynistic
    hating women in particular
    Erickson’s record is one of repulsive rhetoric towards all kinds of perceived foes, most notably his jaw-dropping misogynistic attitudes towards women.MSNBC (Aug 10, 2015)
  7. labor force
    the source of trained people from which workers can be hired
    It’s thought to be one reason for the slight decline in women’s participation in the American labor force.New York Times (Sep 28, 2015)
  8. feticide
    the act of destroying a fetus
    Gender-inequality is the primary tumour and rape, trafficking, child marriage, female feticide, honour killings and so on, are the metastases.BBC (Mar 2, 2015)
  9. bonded labor
    a practice in which employers give high-interest loans to workers whose entire families then labor at low wages to pay off the debt; the practice is illegal in the United States
    Apple, along with others, calls that bonded labor, a form of modern-day indentured servitude, one step removed from slavery.BusinessWeek (Nov 7, 2013)
  10. voice
    a means by which something is expressed or communicated
    While researching the period for the script, Morgan found that “the women’s voices sounded so vivid and so contemporary.”Time (Oct 29, 2015)
  11. household
    a social unit living together in a residence
    But the presence of fathers in the household substantially reduces the gaps between boys and girls in absences and suspensions.Wall Street Journal (Oct 27, 2015)
  12. carve out
    establish or create through painstaking effort
    American interests require that we help the region's women carve out their rightful place in the mainstream of society.
  13. substandard
    falling short of some prescribed norm
    Meanwhile, Hispanic women were 20 to 40 percent more likely to receive substandard care.US News (Oct 13, 2015)
  14. parity
    functional equality
    Still, women make up the majority of the national electorate and were gender parity the norm, women would hold the presidency about half the time.US News (Oct 8, 2015)
  15. marginalization
    the social process of becoming or being made marginal
    They say they are campaigning against corruption and years of political marginalization.Reuters (Jun 18, 2015)
  16. feminization
    the process of becoming feminized
    The “ feminization of poverty” is endemic to areas without electric power particularly, whose rising 45% share of global energy supply illustrates its importance.Forbes (Jan 22, 2015)
  17. biased
    favoring one person or side over another
    gender-biased hiring and promotion practices are becoming deeply entrenched
  18. harassment
    the act of tormenting by persistent attacks and criticism
    But my experience with sexism and harassment does not merely exist in a few anecdotes—it is interwoven with my entire reality as a person.Salon (Oct 29, 2015)
  19. overburdened
    heavily burdened with work or cares
    women are stumbling on their way to the marketplace, overburdened with household responsibilities.
  20. representation
    standing in for someone and speaking on their behalf
    lack of representation in political chambers is a fundamental flaw
  21. coalesce
    fuse or cause to come together
    Women have coalesced in new alliances -- there were 40 women's groups across Bosnia in the middle of the war -- and they have led in the development of nongovernmental organizations (NGOS), the building blocks of any civil society.
  22. crucible
    a vessel used for high temperature chemical reactions
    What we have then is a crucible of inequality, denial of human rights, and deprivation of basic human needs that has persisted for generations.Salon (Oct 22, 2015)
    definition: an environment that is very dangerous, difficult, or exciting
  23. sharpen
    make sharp or sharper
    the United States is sharpening its focus on women's economic enterprises
  24. womanhood
    the state of being an adult woman
    Feminism is celebrating these successes about womanhood without fear of unequal treatment.MSNBC (Jun 5, 2015)
  25. glass ceiling
    a ceiling based on attitudinal or organizational bias in the work force that prevents minorities and women from advancing to leadership positions
    Of course, the gender pay gap and the glass ceiling are two of the most talked-about barriers.Wall Street Journal (Aug 21, 2015)
Created on October 29, 2015 (updated October 30, 2015)

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