Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Here is another post in honour of International Women's Day on March 8. Through this whole month I'm taking a look at the English language as it reflects, supports and squelches women's perspectives.
The words sistren and brethren were both common in the 12th to 15th centuries, but by the middle 16th century sistren had fallen out of use. "Sisters" and "brothers" are more common today, but sistren might still be used to convey and foster the same sense of belonging-ness that brethren can convey.