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The Three Witches, by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) | Wikimedia Commons
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Labeling Women Witches Remains a Powerful Tool for Social Stigmatization

Witch-labeling — accusing others of harmful supernatural abilities — has a long history and may share underlying causes with contemporary political attacks.

Mosuo women visit a Buddhist temple in Yongning, Yunnan Province. | Christopher Pillitz/Getty Images
The Hatfield clan, photographed in 1897 | Wikimedia Commons
Albino girls stand next to a banner reading "Being albino is not a fatality, we do have rights and skills", on August 31, 2016 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast during a distribution of sunglasses and suncreams. | Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) speaks as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. | Win McNamee/Getty Images