Is Chairwoman a proper term??

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  1. QudsiaP1 profile image61
    QudsiaP1posted 7 years ago

    Recently I got into an argument with someone who said that 'Chairwoman' is not a word and the word 'Chairperson' should be used if the gender is female.

    Is this correct?

    Wouldn't it be sexist, if a man can be called a chair man but a woman should be called a chairperson as that gives the illusion that may it is man (in the event that the name applies to both sexes or the name is unknown.)

    Please tell me if Chairwoman is a proper term.

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      Travis_S_Musicposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Proper terms, "politically correct" terms, all that nonsense. It's a waste of time and breath. If the words used to describe a job or position really offend people, either use the term with "person" to refer to all, or just get over it. There really is no need to get so hyped over the name or title of a job or position of power.

      1. QudsiaP1 profile image61
        QudsiaP1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        So in your opinion the term 'chairwoman' being coined is a waste of time?

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          Travis_S_Musicposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Honestly yes. Why add more to something that is simple? Simply put, again, if you don't like the word "Chairman" just use "Chairperson." Much like "Mailperson" is the term used from what I've gathered. This keeps it simple, and eliminates using more than one word unnecessarily, and takes away the "sexist" feel.

          1. QudsiaP1 profile image61
            QudsiaP1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Do people write chairperson on their visiting cards?

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              Travis_S_Musicposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I am bored enough I looked this up for you. One answer to your question states this:

              "The word Chairman is very flexible.

              Chairman both sexes? Yes, though I wouldn't use it. To check this, Google, "Chairman + any popular female name". So "Chairman Susan" yields lots of hits. Chairman Karen yields lots of hits.

              Chairperson proper term for a female? Yes, that is one alternative.

              "Chair" by itself is commonly used now to represent either gender. That is how I do it. I simply use "Chair".

              Try googling "Chair Susan"--lots of hits. Try googling, "Chair John"--lots of hits.

              I like Chair because it is brief and doesn't get caught up in the gender stuff.

              Hope that helps."

              1. QudsiaP1 profile image61
                QudsiaP1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Thank you Travis, you are too kind.

                Sorry for the annoyance that I have unintentionally caused you.

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                  Travis_S_Musicposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  Oh you haven't caused any! Sorry if any of my answers have seemed that way (: I do not mean to seem rude at all, that's the sucky thing about text related conversations, you never know exactly what people are feeling haha.

                  1. QudsiaP1 profile image61
                    QudsiaP1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    Oh phew, I thought I had several ticked you, lol.

              2. Haunty profile image81
                Hauntyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                One thing you left out. "Chairwoman Susan" = lots of hit. smile

                Chairwoman is not a coined term. It exists and is in use.

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                  Travis_S_Musicposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  That's not my answer if you noticed haha

  2. QudsiaP1 profile image61
    QudsiaP1posted 7 years ago

    Hahaha, thanks for letting me know Travis. smile

  3. Ultimate Hubber profile image63
    Ultimate Hubberposted 7 years ago

    Chairman can be used for both men and women. Let me explain how...

    CHAIRMAN= CHAIR+MAN
    CHAIRMAN= CHAIR+woMAN big_smile tongue

    1. QudsiaP1 profile image61
      QudsiaP1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Lol Ultimate Hubber.

  4. Dale Nelson profile image39
    Dale Nelsonposted 7 years ago

    Or theres the rude and dis-respectful way some people talk and say ....

    Go ahead and take a chair woman.

    But if they were a hippie, they may have said

    Like go ahead man and take like a chair man.

    So I think both are right.LOL.

    1. QudsiaP1 profile image61
      QudsiaP1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Lol.

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    Manueatesposted 7 years ago

    Hey please try to clarify what you want to say or what you want to know about chairwomen.
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    1. ThomasE profile image73
      ThomasEposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Chairwoman is in the Oxford English Dictionary, and the merriam-webster dictionary. It is therefore, a correct use of English.

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        china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        It is proper use - as also is chairman - as the man refers to a person rather than a male as in hu man kind. Chair is also normal use.  As also is chairperson, although that only arose with feminism, and as women are now equal in regard to that ism - if not in reality - the term could and should be discarded as being divisive. I would say smile

      2. QudsiaP1 profile image61
        QudsiaP1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you.

  6. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years ago

    ..i just use the term Chair...my boss is the Chair of the Board...and when I think of forms etc that i complete for administrative/biz purposes...Chair is the term that i have been seeing for years.

    1. QudsiaP1 profile image61
      QudsiaP1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Makes sense.

  7. ngureco profile image82
    ngurecoposted 7 years ago

    You can either use any of these: chair, chairman, chairperson, chairwoman and chair-lady when referring to a woman who presides over a meeting, committee, department, etc.

    But on the same note, can you use chair-gentleman when referring to a gentleman who presides over a meeting, committee, department, etc.?

    1. QudsiaP1 profile image61
      QudsiaP1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Very informative thanks.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 7 years ago

    I find that the committees I sit on refer to chairperson for moth men and women. Or just refer to the Chair. Such as, "I defer to the chair."

    Why is it necessary to distinguish a gender on a job or position? I wouldn't refer to a dictionary or etiquette book for this answer. It's a rapidly evolving issue.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 7 years ago

    There are also transgender persons who are not covered by chairman or chairwoman.

    1. QudsiaP1 profile image61
      QudsiaP1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting argument.

  10. lakeerieartists profile image75
    lakeerieartistsposted 7 years ago

    Then of course, there are the chairdogs and chaircats.

    1. QudsiaP1 profile image61
      QudsiaP1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hmm, never heard of that.

  11. MickS profile image69
    MickSposted 7 years ago

    Chairman and chairwoman appear in both Websters and Oxford, so it is definitely a correct term, along with chair (horrendous) and chairperson for those afraid of being gender specific.  There is also an inference in Oxford that chairman does for both genders, probably the 'man' is not gender but rooted in the Latin, manus - hand, the one who handles?  There is a medieval English word for chairwoman, I've seen it once and can't remember the spelling but it is along the lines of, chairtrix.

 
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