prejudice or discrimination based on a person’s sex or gender

Sexism is generally defined as discrimination based on the gender of a person—looking down on people because they are male or female. Sexism may also include stereotyped roles by gender. International laws, such as Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women or Yogyakarta Principles demand to abolish any kind of sexism. Sexism could affect a person attending a party, getting a job, joining a game, trying to get a promotion, being selected and so on. The women's rights and men's rights movements both say they fight sexism.

The Taliban religious police is beating a woman, because she removed her burqa in public.
A suffragette is being arrested, in London, in 1914. Suffragettes campaigned for women's right to vote in elections.

Sexism is often discrimination against women due to the history of sexism in the western world.

Hatred of women is called misogyny. Hatred of men is called misandry. Reverse sexism is misandristically being biased because you think you're disadvantaged.[1]

Pauline M. Leet made the word "sexism" on November 18, 1965.



World literacy is lower for females than for males. On 9 October 2012 the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head on her schoolbus by Taliban gunmen because she did activism for girls' rights to education.[2]



  1. Mahowald, Mary B. "Reverse sexism? Not to worry." The American Journal of Bioethics 1.1 (2001): 15-16.
  2. Mishal Husain (7 October 2013). "Malala: The girl who was shot for going to school". BBC News Magazine. Retrieved 9 March 2014.