International Women’s Day and Encouraging Women to Learn Languages

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Improving the lives of women is very important to me, especially since women continue to be oppressed all over the world – including in my own country. I truly believe education is the key to empowerment and equality for all human beings, but more specifically, the knowledge of foreign languages is essential.

So how can we encourage more women to not only learn foreign languages, but also to show their skills to the rest of the world in order to encourage even more women to learn? Here is a conversation among three female polyglots, Susanna, Jana and Fasulye on this topic. I wasn’t able to participate, but I did send some research on the issue of gender in language learning which Susanna mentions, though sadly there is very little to no research on gender in language learning in independent settings, i.e. self-study instead of classes.

  • SusannaZaraysky

    Jennifer, Thanks for posting this video and for bringing attention to the role education plays in the lives of women worldwide. 

  • Fasulye

    Hi Jennifer, thank you for supporting the video project of Susanna, Jana and me and posting our video on your blog! Our video is getting a high amount of views so there is a big audience for our discussion on female language learners and polyglots. 

    Kind regards,

    Fasulye