Our CEO Dr. Tiffany Jana is quoted by the Hodges Partnership in a recent article announcing the AP Stylebook’s inclusion of ‘they’ as a singular pronoun.
Dr. Jana comments, “The use of non-gendered pronouns is important in daily life as it helps create an atmosphere of inclusivity. If Dale Carnegie’s assertion that the sound of someone’s own name is the sweetest sound they can hear, then I would posit that the correct use of pronouns is just as sweet to those for whom it matters. People who don’t struggle to get others to understand and respect their gender identity are privileged to have a non-experience in this area. Just imagine being constantly called the wrong pronoun, and by extension the wrong gender, every single day. It’s an incessant reminder of one’s otherness and is not a very welcoming experience at all. The inclusive use of ‘they’ finally removes assumption, judgment, and exclusion from our foundational lexicon.” Read more