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Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”
Is a Woman a Chairwoman, Chairman, or Chair?
How would a woman board chair’s title be listed? Would it be chairman or chairwoman or just board chair? Last year a man held the position and, of course, the program read, ‘Chairman of the Board’.
I don’t think there is just one way to do this.
Traditionally, the position was Chairman of the Board. That’s the terminology used when you discuss the position.
But a woman holding the position can be a Chair, Chairwoman or even a Chairman. Often the term used is at her personal preference: She gets the one she likes.
You aren’t the only one trying to figure out what is best. In checking The United States Senate’s website, it refers to a heads of the political parties’ conferences and committees as Chairs. In this case they have abandoned the gender-specific terminology.
But, on that same page the Senate also lists the heads of Standing Committees as Chairmen. When the office appears next to the name of the office holder, the word Chairman is used when the position is held by a man and the word Chairwoman is used when the position is held by a woman.
I’m not criticizing anyone, just noting I don’t observe a rule that everyone follows.
– Robert Hickey