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sexism

[sek′sizəm]
a belief that one sex is superior to the other and that the superior sex has endowments, rights, prerogatives, and status greater than those of the inferior sex. Sexism results in discrimination in all areas of life and acts as a limiting factor in educational, professional, and psychological development. sexist, n., adj.
The belief or attitude that one sex is inferior, less competent, or valuable than the other

sex·ism

(seks'izm)
Attitudes and practices that place different values on, or create unequal opportunities for, people because of their gender.

sexism

All of the actions and attitudes that relegate individuals of either sex to a secondary and inferior status in society.
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More research is needed on the structural reasons for oppression of women and on the action strategies needed to help women improve their situation through their own empowerment.
Ultimately, the authors of Half the Sky do a valuable service in bringing to the surface the systemic oppression of women, making a powerful case for their belief that this is the profound moral issue of our generation.
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And yet, the language of sacrifice has come under considerable scrutiny, especially among feminist theologians who argue that the call to sacrifice can lead to the oppression of women who have traditionally occupied subordinate roles in family, religion, and society.
Deller's critics troubles me also: The oppression of women under sharia law in some Muslim countries and the nihilistic violence of suicide bombers.
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The Kurdistan Women Union, within the KDP's women's organization division, acts against aggression and oppression of women in Kurdish society and fights for rights of all members of Kurdistan society.
Seager also speaks of a similarity in the ways in which both animals and women have been subordinated: "Debates about animals unmistakably echo familiar racist and sexist ideologies about 'natural affinities,' categories authorized by nature, destinies inscribed in biology, and 'scientific proofs' of the limited capacities of the 'other' that have rumbled through the centuries to justify slavery [and] the oppression of women.
Margaret Atwood inspired me when I read her book The Handmaid Tale, it was all about the oppression of women and so it inspired me to have independence, it also encouraged me to go to university.