Gender Inclusive Language

The gender inclusive language list is an educational resource — it is neither a guide nor an advisory nor does it represent University of Dayton or Women's Center policy. It is geared to assist those who prefer to use gender inclusive language as well as those who wish to avoid assuming the gender of an individual being discussed. 

Most academic professional associations and journals expect scholars and students to use inclusive language in presentations and publications. The gender inclusive language resource assists students in understanding and complying with these professional expectations.

As a Catholic, Marianist university, we are guided by our mission to foster an educational community that welcomes and includes all people. As a Christian and educational community, we recognize that every person has innate dignity because all people are made in the image and likeness of God and we seek to create an environment where all persons feel respected, safe and valued.

Examples
common man
best man for the job
gentleman's agreement
layman
man a job/project
man hours
mankind
man-made
manpower
middleman
chairwoman/man
spokeswoman/man
husband/wife
          
common person
best person for the job
informal agreement
layperson, average person
staff a job/project
staff hours, personnel hours
humankind, society
manufactured, synthetic
workforce, labor
intermediary, go-between
chairperson, chair
spokesperson, representative
spouse, partner, significant other

Occupation Examples

Generic occupational titles like administratordoctorlawyernurse and secretary apply to both men and women. It is easier to see that these jobs can be done by a person of any gender when using gender inclusive or gender neutral language.

cleaning lady/maintenance man
Congresswoman/man
saleswoman/man
businesswoman/man
policewoman/man
fireman
mailman
male nurse
female doctor
male teacher
          
custodial staff
representative, legislator
sales associate, salesperson
businessperson
police officer, officer
firefighter
mail carrier, postal worker
nurse
doctor
teacher

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