I recently noticed that women are largely misrepresented in dictionary and that many definitions and synonym perpetuate many of the societal issues we face today around gender norms.
I've captured a couple examples below, but would love to kick off a full audit of how females are represented in the Oxford Dictionary. As I am sure this community is acutely aware, language is an incredibly powerful tool used to influence how people view the world. As the President of BBDO said in their recent "It's time to redefine" campaign, "Words have the power to determine how people feel about themselves and, ultimately, what they believe they are capable of. To achieve women's equality, a great place to start is by choosing words that accurately and positively reflect woman."
Can I please have help to do this?
1. 'Womanly' (voluptuous, shapely, etc.) vs. 'manly' (brave, courageous, bold, etc.) synonyms/definitions
2. 'Manly' being listed as a synonym for 'powerful'
3. 'Woman' being defined as "A female who is paid to clean someone's house and carry out other domestic duties."