Gender equality in Ukrainian language: Feminine forms of professions now given full recognition

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Screenshot from the YouTube channel of “Kvantova Filologiya” showing the same professions in the feminine form on the left and in the masculine form on the right in Ukrainian. For several centuries, Ukrainian women were constrained to remain within the private sphere: they could not inherit property, represent themselves in courts, work, or take up positions in government. This is possibly a historical explanation for why there are no grammatically feminine forms for such positions. Yet, gradually, the gap between men’s and women’s rights was reduced, and eventually the use offeminitives becam…

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