Gender Equality and the English Language

If we consider how most languages other than English ascribe masculine and feminine articles to all their nouns, consequently linking those things with gender…perhaps we can realize how ingrained beliefs about gender roles are in other cultures.

Take some time to examine what qualities are associated with each gender in another language, and try to imagine the effect of growing up with that gender association.

Be thankful for English’s neutrality. It is contributing to the spread of gender equality throughout the world. But also be patient and understanding that disparity can begin in language itself. Change is coming, and cannot be forced to come faster.

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