A singer's recent trip to a record store — yes, they still exist — proves that you don't have to look far to find sexist labeling systems that seem to minimize the success of accomplished women.
Kate Nash was searching for a new record in a store when she spotted a music genre called "females of all description."
"This kinda shit drives me insane," Nash wrote on Twitter. "The genre 'females of all description' is not a music genre. It's sexist."
It's also not an appropriate way to describe female music professionals. The 29-year-old British rock star continued to tweet out against this overt form of misogyny.
This type of sexism is not exclusive to the music industry. Research from 2013 shows that "feminized" job titles have a negative impact on the way people perceive women in professional contexts.
Titles such as "chairwoman" or "policewoman" — and even "female lawyer" — could have a connotation that associates the positions with being lesser than those of their male counterparts. And no, calling your boss your "lady boss" isn't going to work either.
The solution to this sexist dilemma is to simply stop including the word "female" or "woman" alongside professional roles. This simple change will promote equal treatment in all industries and places of business — including record stores.