The language we speak forms images and realities and has a major impact on our actions. This is why we at Globalfoundries are offering a new web-based training on gender-appropiate language. The aim here is to promote an inclusive and diverse work environment. This is not just a short-term goal – it is an ongoing journey.
Why do we use gender-appropiate language in the first place? What are the actual methods and which ones are already being used at Globalfoundries? Is there any scientific evidence on the use of gender-equitable language? All of these questions will be examined more closely in the new training “Gender-equitable language at GF Dresden – introduction and guidelines for inclusive communication”. Together, we want to advocate for greater awareness and strengthen equal treatment in language.
In the German language, we can choose between a masculine and feminine ending. “Engineers and surgeons demand more salary.” Most people who read this in a German see male engineers and male surgeons here because of the masculine usage. Engineers and surgeons of the opposite sex are not mentioned in German usage and thus remain invisible to many readers. This effect has already been confirmed by empirical studies. Gender-appropiate language and gender-sensitive wording means that all persons (women, men and persons of the third gender) are mentioned equally
It is therefore the responsibility of all of us to create an inclusive environment, and this starts with language.