So We’re Comin’ Out of the Kitchen*

Thoughts on transmitting culture on International Women’s Day

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Fair warning: this post isn’t going to be one of my usual crime fiction posts. If you were hoping for my regular dronings about the genre, my apologies. Please come back tomorrow.

Still here? Thanks. As this is posted, it’s International Women’s Day. One question many people have is: is such a day still relevant? Haven’t women achieved equality? The answer (in case you haven’t been following the news…) is no. Even in cosmopolitan, developed places, it’s still clear that we have a lot of work to do. I’ll just give one example. In a recent large study, it was shown that, by the age of six – 6! – many young girls already believe that they are not as smart as boys.

The issues here are complex and multilayered, and I won’t pretend to touch on all of them. But, speaking as a wordsmith with a background in language…

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