War on Women is an expression in United States politics used to describe certain Republican Party policies and legislation as a wide-scale effort to restrict women's rights , especially reproductive rights.     Prominent Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi  and Barbara Boxer ,  as well as feminists , have used the phrase to criticize proponents of these laws as trying to force their social views on women through legislation.     The expression has been used to describe Republican policies in areas such as access to reproductive health services, particularly birth control and abortion services; the prosecution of criminal violence against women ; the definition of rape for the purpose of the public funding of abortion;   and workplace discrimination against women.    
While used in other contexts, and prior to 2010,   it became a common expression in American political discourse after the 2010 congressional elections.   The term is often used to describe opposition to the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare and policies to defund women's health organizations that perform abortions, such as Planned Parenthood.