February 2, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Avoid Gendered Language in Writing Letters of Recommendation, March 7

Join the Ohio University Women’s Center for a session on writing letters of recommendation that use positive and strengths-based language.

The session, titled ““She Was Caring and Helpful”: Avoid Gendered Language in Writing Letters of Recommendation,” is March 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in Alden Library, 319.

Participants are encouraged to bring past and current examples of letters of recommendation that they have written.


One Comment

  1. I fail to see what’s wrong with describing someone as “caring and helpful” when the current vogue in academia is to incorporate as many feminine qualities into people’s lived experience while simultaneously expunging male qualities. If we write that a student was “tenacious” and “aggressively overcame” adversity to achieve their degree, is that language too male centered? And what if we were describing a male student as “caring and helpful”? Is that verboten?

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