Today, 8th of March, women all over the world will demonstrate for their rights; their rights for equality at their jobs, for a fair salary, for a society free of violence against them…

On Spanishviaskype, we have dealt with some topics about language and sexism and inclusive language. We know that a language is not sexist or chauvinist per se, but the speakers are the ones who mold the language over the centuries, and the they can have the foresaid attitudes.

As today it’s Women’s Day, we would like to contribute this homage talking about some beautiful feminine words in Spanish and some gender rules.

1. Libertad, igualdad, fraternidad…

The values of the French Revolution are still a matter of vindication. Today, women will claim for their freedom to walk along the streets whenever and however they want, without being afraid to be assaulted or harassed.

Nouns as libertad, igualdad and fraternidad, and many others are feminine in Spanish. These -tad and -dad suffixes come from the Latin ending –tatem in the accusative, (libertatem, aequalitatem, fraternitatem). This suffix turns the noun into an abstract quality.

2. Razón, acción, canción, misión, reivindicación…

Today we’ll see una justa reivindicación full of razón. Women will take acción and, between canción and canción, they will try to accomplish una misión: make themselves heard.

All of these words are also feminine. The Latin suffixes –sionem and -tionem from the accusative (ratio, actionem, cantionem, missionem, reivindicationem), that meant “action and effect”, produced feminine words in Spanish.

3. Cumbre, costumbre, muchedumbre…

It might seem that we are now on la cumbre of our democracy. However, the power of las costumbres still remains in many fields and women have not got the same status to men. Because of that, there will be una gran muchedumbre at the demonstrations today.

As you can see, the ending –umbre is also related to feminine nouns. In Latin, the original suffix (accusative -tudinem) expressed quality.

4. Luz, cruz, robustez, vejez…

From Spanishviaskype, we don’t only want to to shed luz on linguistic topics but to show the social reality in Spain, too. Only if we eliminate la cruz that many women still have at their jobs, we will be able to show la robustez of our democratic system. If this happens, we will be satisfied en nuestra vejez for the world we will have left to our children.

Again, we can see four feminine nouns that come from Latin suffixes (-itiem and –cem), turning into -uz and -ez in Spanish.

If you want to have further rules or tips about the gender formation in Spanish, don’t hesitate and reserve a free trial lesson here and remember, if you have a lesson with us today, and your teacher is a woman (most of ours are), give her your support speaking Spanish.