Giving employees the option to add pronouns to their website bio pages and email signature is an easy way to show your firm’s support for people of all gender identities. Using the correct pronouns is not only respectful but also creates a more welcoming environment for employees, clients, and partners.
Gender pronouns can provide clarity for everyone at a firm, for many reasons. For example, some names are unisex or gender-neutral, meaning people of any gender can use them. Examples of these names include Alex, Casey, Chris, Drew, Elliot, Jamie, Jordan, Morgan, Pat, Taylor, etc. Additionally, if someone has a name from a different language and culture than your own, you might not know the typical gender connotation.
Pronouns in Email Signatures
Pronouns on Website Bio Pages
The placement of pronouns on bio pages ranges quite a bit, and some placements are more prominent than others. See a few law firm examples, below, with a variety of placements:
- Kilpatrick Townsend (under the name)
- Reed Smith (under the name)
- Robins Kaplan (under the name and title)
- Lowenstein Sandler(under the contact info)
- Pacifica (a bit further down the page, next to the vCard download)
- Morgan Lewis (at the end of the introductory paragraph)
- Pillsbury (further down, at the end of the introductory paragraph)
Allowing employees to include their pronouns in email signatures and on their bios is a small but impactful way to show support for your firm’s DEI efforts.