Ask Tamar, Ruth, and Scheherazade. Even ladies in the Bible had to learn new languages, and sometimes, languages as ancient as FOTRAN or old Hebrew, to as new as Python or modern Arabic, hold the key to successfully charting a course in new waters.
רֶגַע… Rega… Wait, you say:
Scheherazade is not in the Bible, she is from the Thousand and One Nights, originally in Arabic, or maybe partly in Persian, but certainly not in Hebrew;
This, you remember!
Ok, point taken, her book was not in Hebrew, but Arabic is a sister language. More on this shortly…
Tamar was a Canaanite woman, and so had to learn Hebrew, or Judah’s dialect of Hebrew at the very least.
Ruth, a native of Moab, had to learn the Hebrew of the time of her mother-in-law, Naomi.
Scheherazade, at the palace, had to learn the hardest languages of all: the languages of heartbreak, of story, and of love.
So, you see, returning to those sister languages, Scheherazade’s story, in one Semitic language, really is the same as that of her Biblical sisters, in another Semitic language: she was a clever lady faced with a survival situation in a man’s world. And she, like her sisters, had to learn a language in order to survive.
Each one of these ladies had to live by her wits in difficult times, and to use the tools available to her at that time. Nowadays, they would surely go together to the Public Library to learn to use the power of modern tools like computers and smartphones, especially using Unix to navigate this new world. In the here and now, any one of us can learn a bit of a language to pass on to another young woman, helping her to succeed. Any language will do, whether it is a natural language, like Hebrew or Arabic, or a programming language, like FORTRAN or Python. Either way, libraries, online or physical, are a key of help and hope for finding this information. And as they succeeded then, so could we all succeed again, using adaptability, daring, and hope.
1.) Check out a book on coding in any language from your Public Library,
2.) …find the first “Hello World” page, and try it out yourself, and then
3.) …share it with a friend!
4.) … or, just write a story about a strong lady who has to learn some new skill in order to adapt to difficult or dangerous circumstances? 🙂
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