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Women's Rights Courses

What are Women’s Rights?

Women’s rights are the rights of women and girls and include the right to an education, the right to work, the right to vote, the right to equal pay and much more. Throughout history women have had to fight for basic human rights and freedom from the oppression of men in society. Today, the rights of women and girls vary greatly by country and in certain places, rights are suppressed by religious laws, cultural traditions or other factors.

Study Women’s Rights Online

EdX offers online courses on the history of the women’s liberation movement. In Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World from Smith College, Professor Lauren Duncan looks at the psychological factors that drive activism. Learn about prominent women activists such as Gloria Steinem and Loretta Ross and understand the motivations behind their activism. Gloria Steinem, a Smith College graduate, provides weekly insight throughout the course.

In Women Have Always Worked, a 2-part online course from Columbia University, learn how women’s work in the United States has impacted society and tradition from the colonial period to the 20th century. The course looks at key events in history, such as world wars, that caused a major shift in the state of women’s rights. Learn about women’s participation in American economic, political and social life and how key events have challenged the role of women in the home and in the workplace.

Explore additional courses on women’s rights, feminism, human rights and more. Many courses on edX are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.