Clifford Chance is making an necessary transfer to problem gender assumptions. It could look like a small factor, however, as reported by Legal Cheek, the agency is modifying its correspondence templates, ditching “Dear Sirs,” and telling attorneys to keep away from gender particular pronouns and adjectives (i.e., she/her/hers) and phrases that assume a job is related to a specific gender, resembling “chairman.”
They aren’t the primary agency to concentrate to the methods language shapes normative assumptions about gender. Four years in the past, Freshfields adjusted their templates to dispose of gendered language, and Quinn Emanuel additionally made the gender neutral jump in February.
The agency says that gender impartial language is a solution to call into query our unconscious biases and that not everybody identifies as both male or feminine:
“We are continuously collaborating with our clients to see how we can better advance our commitment to inclusion,” Clifford Chance’s world director of inclusion Tiernan Brady mentioned. “The words and language we use matter greatly. They send a signal of our values and can have both a positive and negative impact on others and on our culture.”
“Removing gendered language from our communications is a subtle but impactful way of demonstrating what we stand for, and I’m delighted to see these steps taken in our firm.”
Good for them! Let’s hope much more corporations get on board.
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