To: Minister for Work and Pensions

Abolish gender-specific job titles

Abolish gender-specific job titles

Stop gender-specific job titles, for example, midwife and waitress, from being used.

Why is this important?

Currently, in the UK, there are hundreds of thousands of people who do not identify as male or female or do not identify as the gender they were assigned at birth. An estimated 42% of these people do not live in their preferred gender role because they feel they will lose their jobs, and 35% of these people have attempted suicide at least once due to abuse as a result of their gender. These people need to feel like they are able to be in the gender role they feel they belong to, and not live in a gender which they do not feel right in just because of fear that they will lose their job or receive abuse because of this. Currently, many jobs have gender-specific titles which can only apply to males or females, for example, 'midwife', and 'waitress' or 'waiter'. People in these jobs feel uncomfortable coming out as non-gender binary as they think they will not be welcome in these jobs anymore. Changing the names of these jobs so that they are non-gender specific will make people who are non-gender binary feel more comfortable in their situations and it will open up more opportunities for them where they feel limited due to their personal gender opinions.