8 Pages Posted: 23 May 2016
Date Written: May 20, 2016
Languages differ in the degree to which they employ gender distinctions for nouns and pronouns. Speaking a more gendered language may highlight gender in the mind of the speaker, leading to more pronounced gender roles, and is associated with lower female labor force participation rates, earlier female marriage, and greater fertility. We advance this literature by showing that speaking a more highly gendered language is also associated with a greater gender gap in educational attainment.
Keywords: culture; language; gender; educational inequality
JEL Classification: I24; J16; Z1
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Davis, Lewis and Reynolds, Megan, Gendered Language and the Educational Gender Gap (May 20, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2782540