Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Strike "chairman" each time it appears and replace it with "chair"

The new House rules package has made official language of the body gender-neutral. Also, from Feministing.

A woman ran for President last year. A woman was nominated for Vice-President this year. A woman serves as the Speaker of the House, third in the line of succession. A higher percentage of women vote than men.

And not only is this new language inclusive of women, it eliminates gendered pronouns altogether, consciously or not including those who identify outside the male-female binary.

This is small, but exciting. No matter how you vote, it's high time to dispense with the absurd assumption that every federal position will be filled by a man.

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