Gender bias is a term used to describe the preferential treatment cisgender men over cisgender women and those who identify as LGBTQ.
The table below offers suggestions for using gender-neutral nouns. If you are a student using APA 7th edition, the APA Style Manual offers detailed guidelines on Bias-Free language This link opens in a new window, including for writing about gender This link opens in a new window and sexual orientation This link opens in a new window.
|Gendered noun||Gender-neutral noun|
|mankind||humankind, people, human beings, humanity|
|man-made||machine-made, synthetic, artificial|
|the common man||the average person|
|chairman||chair, chairperson, coordinator, head|
|mailman||mail carrier, letter carrier, postal worker|
|steward, stewardess||flight attendant|
|congressman||legislator, congressional representative|
|Sir (in “Dear Sir,” etc.||Dear Sir or Madam, Dear Editor, Dear Members of the Search Committee, To Whom it May Concern|