This month, we're focused on gender inclusive language.
What is gender inclusive language?
Using gender-inclusive language means speaking and writing in a way that does not discriminate against a particular sex, social gender, or gender identity, and does not perpetuate gender stereotypes.
What are some examples of gender inclusive language?
Think about job titles: it is more gender inclusive to say firefighter than fireman. Same with business person vs. businessman. You can leave a meeting by saying "see you folks later!" rather than "see you guys later."
Why does gender inclusive language matter?
The words we choose are important. Through gender inclusive language, we can include people, even if we do not understand their identity, expression, or experience.
At the WNY Women's Foundation, we work hard to create opportunities for women to earn, learn, and lead. Using gender inclusive language is just one way we strive to include all women in our work.
So let's take action!