Tag: International Women’s Day
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Happy International Women’s Day! On this day of philogyny – the love of or admiration for women – we’ve been inspired to dip into the Oxford English Dictionary for the words of womankind. What emerges from studying a text that documents 1,000 years of language development is a rich picture of women’s history – even […]more
On International Women’s Day, we shine the spotlight on 10 women without whom the OED would not be what it is today. Some are famous, some less so, but all made a vital and important contribution. 1. Charlotte Yonge (1823–1901) Novelist, perhaps best known today for The Heir of Redclyffe (1853). She also wrote an […]more
With International Women’s Day being celebrated today, journalist and writer Anne Sexton looks at the long and inglorious history of the word ‘slut’, and explains why gender-neutral language is still a hot topic. Is language partially responsible for gender inequality, Miss? In February 2012 the French government banned the term of address mademoiselle from all official […]more
To celebrate International Women’s Day, here is an extract on feminism from the Dictionary of Critical Theory, edited by Ian Buchanan. Feminism One of the most important social movements of the past two centuries and certainly the social movement which has brought about the most enduring and progressive transformation of human society on a global […]more