As a ruthless editor greatly in tune to gender-neutral (or gender-inclusive, as some prefer) language, this line from Gov. Halley’s response stopped me short:
“Our forefathers paved the way for us. Let’s take their values, and their strengths, and rededicate ourselves to doing whatever it takes to keep America the greatest country in the history of man.”
forefathers??? … history of man???
That a prominent public figure would use such male-centric language in 2016 astounds me.
And I’m not talking ‘political correctness’; I’m referring to the fact that women AND men settled our country and have contributed to its development and governance … women AND men have had roles in the history of humankind.
Forebears and humankind or humanity would have been more appropriate and accurate choices.
I have to assume that Gov. Haley was uttering the words of a male speechwriter. But that’s no excuse. Surely she practiced her delivery multiple times.
I hope future proclamations by the accomplished Gov. Haley are free of gender bias. Words and their implications matter.
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