As we know, language is powerful. It can uplift a person or it can drag a person down and for centuries women have been exposed to the constant use of gender specific terminology.
‘If words and language infer that women are inferior, the assumption of inferiority can exist’ (pg: 4)
Here are just a couple of examples from UNESCO’s Guidelines for Gender Neutral Language. The alternative language is included to the right.
|Man’s search for knowledge has led him to improve scientific methodology.||The search for knowledge has led us to improve scientific methodology.People have continually sought knowledge.|
|Man, Mankind||people, humanity, human beings, humankind,the human species, the human race, we,
ourselves, men and women, homo sapiens,
one, the public, society, the self, human
|‘History of the Scientific and CulturalDevelopment of Mankind’||‘History of Humanity’|
|manpower||staff, labour, work force, employees, personnel,workers, human resources, human power,