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McDuffy Fri 02-Oct-20 09:21:35

Morning vipers
I'm editing some guidance documents at work that will be read reasonably widely and they refer to a "gender-balance", as in "gender-balanced workforce". "Sex-balance" doesn't seem quite right, but that's probably because I've been persuaded down the replacement word route as an easily-embarrassed Englishwoman! Any workarounds?

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OhHolyJesus Fri 02-Oct-20 09:26:19

"Balanced by biological sex"
"Sex-based balance"
"A workforce balanced in Male/female representation"

Anything other than 'gender' will sound more wordy but I agree that to be absolutely clear it's a word best avoided.

sashh Fri 02-Oct-20 09:31:10

A workforce that exceeds the minimum requirements set out by the sex discrimination and equality acts.

Jellyeggs Fri 02-Oct-20 09:31:14

A male/female balance is fairly tidy.

senua Fri 02-Oct-20 09:33:57

Sashh beat me to it. The Equality Act uses the words 'sex' and 'sex discrimination'.
I understand your worries about using the word 'sex' but 'sex discrimination' is well-known, accepted and more hard-hitting phrase.

senua Fri 02-Oct-20 09:37:37

You could go one further.
Does the document start with definitions? Drop a paragraph in there about (all 9) protected characteristics, including sex.

CharlieParley Fri 02-Oct-20 09:37:49

A workforce where men and women are equally represented.

Employ equal numbers of men and women

Staff drawn from both sexes equally

Recruitment that results in employing a balanced number of women and men.

McDuffy Fri 02-Oct-20 09:38:03

I'll try those on for size!
I feel like I'm allergic to the word "gender" and hiss whenever it's used in the wrong way...
thank you!

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jay55 Fri 02-Oct-20 10:13:41

Balanced male to female ratio.

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