Checking for gender-inclusivity when using Word

If you’re old like me, words like “policeman” and “fireman” just want to roll off your tongue, as that’s what you grew up with. But today’s communication often requires a more gender-inclusive word selection like “police officer” or “fire fighter.” Microsoft Word has an option that will allow you to do grammar checks for that very scenario. Here’s how to activate that…

In Word, go to Options > Proofing > When correcting spelling and grammar in Word, and click on the Settings button after Writing Style: Grammar & Refinements:


Scroll down to Inclusive Language, and select the option for Gender-Specific Language:


Now if you type “Stewardesses,” you can right-click on the term and get alternatives that are more gender-neutral:


Same with “Policeman”:


And “Postman”:



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