Word + Quiz: propitious

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Word + Quiz: propitious

: presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success

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The word propitious has appeared in eight articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on May 14 in “Mexico’s Congress Votes to Expand Domestic Workers’ Labor Rights” by Paulina Villegas:

The legislation comes after decades of activism by major figures like Marcelina Bautista, a domestic worker turned advocate who founded the country’s first-ever union of domestic workers in 2015.

“We can only hope it will improve the lives of so many women not only on paper but in reality,” said Ms. Bautista, who has been pressing for better working conditions for more than 30 years.

Recently, she found an unlikely ally in the film “Roma” and in its director, Alfonso Cuarón. The film chronicles the life of an indigenous live-in maid in an affluent household in Mexico City, and won three Academy Awards this year.

In Mexico, it prompted wide debate about the long taboo subjects of class, race and inequality.

… And while the film helped create a cultural moment that was propitious for the bill’s passage, activists argue that the battle against discrimination and the abuse of domestic workers in Mexico is far from over.

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