Avoid using masculine pronouns(he, his, and him) for generic references that could applyto either gender. Instead, edit in one of the following ways:
Every candidate for the scholarship must submit his application by June 1.
Every candidate for the scholarship must submit his or her application by June1.
Candidates for the scholarship must submit their applications by June 1.
Every candidate for the scholarship must submit an application by June 1.
Although using the plural pronoun their to refer to an indefinite singular antecedentis becoming common in speech ("Every doctor has their specialty"), this usage is not acceptable inmost written work.
Use terms such as humans or the human race instead ofman and mankind, and find substitutes for most occupational designationsthat include the word man.
|man, mankind||humans, the human race, people|
|mailman, postman||mail carrier, postal worker|
|policeman, fireman||police officer, firefighter|
|businessmen||business executives, business people|
|congressmen||members of congress, state representatives|
Early man was shorter and stockier than mankind today.
Early humans were shorter and stockier than people today.
Local businessmen have contributed to funds for the aid of injured firemen andpolicemen.
The local business community has contributed to funds for the aid of injured firefightersand police officers.
Finally, do not include information that indicates a person's sex unnecessarily, and treat the titles ofmen and women comparably.
Terry Harris, a well-known female productivity consultant, will advise the committeeheaded by Mr. Todd Sui.
Terry Harris, a well-known productivity consultant, will advise the committee headed byTodd Sui.
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