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Thursday, March 8, 2012

35 ESL Writing Topics about Women

As I just said in my earlier post, today is International Woman's Day. This makes the subject of women a great topic to write about today. Women have come a long way in the past 100 years, but they still have a long way to go in order to reach equality with men.  Still, we have much to celebrate. 

There are many different types of topics you could write about in your journal. Many of these suggestions could later be turned into complete formal paragraphs or essays. But in keeping with my idea of improving your writing by writing every day in a journal for five or ten minutes, try sticking to this method. Remember, this is a fluency exercise - a way to get you comfortable with writing in general: 

Here are some possible topics you can write about: 
  • Write about what your mother was like when you were ten years old.
  • Write about your earliest memories of your mother
  • Write about your attitude towards women when you were a child    
  •  What is the difference between women of today and the women of your grandmother's time? 
  • Write about a woman had a big influence in your life. 
  • Write about a famous woman you admire
  • What influence did World War 11 have on he role of women?
  • What are the advantages of being a woman today? 
  • What are the disadvantages of being a woman today? 
  • Which would you prefer to be: a man or a woman? Why? 
  • What does the expression "women's liberation" mean to you? 
  • How far have women come in your country, your culture? 
  • Discuss the effects of the Women's liberation movement 
  • Are there any changes you would make to t he role of women in your culture? Describe.
  • Has the women's liberation movement made any significant changes in the role of women in society?
  • What's it like being a woman in your culture today?
  • What role do women play in the family today? Has this changed? Why or why not? 
  • Should women work full-time? Why or why not? 
  •  Should women do all the housework and child raising? Why or why not? 
  • What advice do you have for teenage girls?
  • Do you think women have too many rights? Why or why not? 
  • Who is smarter men or women? 
  • Who are better drivers: men or women?
  •  What might happen if women ruled the world? 
  • Should women be in the army? Why or why not?
  • Have female actresses influenced the way we think of women?
  • Would you have enjoyed being a woman 100 years ago? 
  • What is your opinion about women who fought for women's rights in the early 1900s? 
  • What female politician has had the biggest impact on the world?  Why?
  • Do women make good leader? Why or why not?
  • Have the goals of female teenagers changed in the past 30 years, or have they remained the same as they used to?
  • Do you think the women of today take some of their "rights" for granted? Why or why not?:  
  • Are women any better off today than they were ten  years ago? Why or why not? 
I could probably think of more topics for you to write about,  but I think this list gives you a good choice.
Remember,  you are not writing for a teacher, or for marks. You are writing in order to get over your fear of an empty piece of paper. You are writing to improve your fluency and comfort level. This is just a practice exercise for yourself. It is your private journal.

Start writing and don't go back and edit. Keep your pencil on the paper at all times and keep moving forward.  You can write on your computer if you find it easier. Nowadays even grandmothers have become used to working on computers. 
Do not stop until you have written for ten minutes. If you feel li8ke continuing go ahead, but limit yourself to 20-25 minutes and stop. 

Some vocabulary you might want to look up0 and use could include:
independent                gain             restricted         marital status          equality             significant                   fight             protest             courageous              exclude                  stgruggle                    rights           respect            partner                      belong    
improvement              role             role model        sexism                    discrimination  

Here is a good link for more vocabulary on the topic of women:         


  1. Thanks for the unique questions!,,&thanks for making me remember my earliest memories of my mom> ..i believe that women are special &special forever ..



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