Resolution on Sexist Terminology

Adopted at 1975 Midwinter Meeting

WHEREAS, Many American Library Association publications and official documents use nouns and pronouns denoting masculine gender to describe the membership at large and specific positions and titles; and

WHEREAS, The consistent or exclusive use of the masculine gender perpetuates the traditional language of society which discriminates against women; and

WHEREAS, Numerous other professional organizations such as the California Library Association, Washingtom Library Association, Minnesota Library Association, American Association of University Professors, the Modern Language Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English have resolved to avoid sexist terminology in their official publications; and

WHEREAS, The ALA RTSD Catalog Code Revision Committee at its meetings this Mid-Winter resolved to avoid sexist terminology in its proposed revision of the Anglo American Cataloging Code; and

WHEREAS, Major publishing companies such as McGraw-Hill, Stein and Day and Holt, Rinehart and Winston are eliminating sexist terminology in their publications; and

WHEREAS, The United States government has revised sex-stereotyping in the Census occupational classifications, changing clergyman to clergy and mailman to letter carrier for example; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That future publications and official documents of the American Library Association be revised to avoid sexist terminology.

SRRT Newsletter Issue 34, p. 4