Today is International Women’s Day, and many sites on the web are honoring the day. Here are two important links:
1) TED has released a new video from their speaker series. Courtney Martin, responsible for the blog Feministing, discusses her own initial aversion to the term “feminist” and how that changed as she got older. In terms of linguistics, it’s a good opportunity to talk about the difference between denotations (women who want equal rights) and connotations (women who wear Birkenstocks).
Courtney offers good advice for all young people: “Growing up is about aiming to succeed wildly and being fulfilled by failing really well.” Listen to this woman talk, and take note of what women’s language can be.
2) Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus also offers a great entry in their blog:
Their list of words related to this day include “feminist” itself, which has been a lighting rod throughout its history, and a range of other terms in context which describe the movement. The list is sure to inspire teachers with lessons which touch on this day (and the rest of Women’s History month).
You can also check out the LingEducator Classroom Activities entry for International Women’s Day for a guide to starting a science project on the gender based language differences in your classroom.