When Girls Become Women

How do we know when to stop saying “girls” and start saying “women” to describe females?

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When we call women “girls,” we infantilize them. We treat them as less-than. We revoke their adulthood, their experience, and their value. It is not just semantics. Regardless if it is unintentional, it makes it no less unacceptable. What we call each other matters. Truly.

Changing our language requires paying attention. That is hard. Especially without the signposts along the road of life telling us when to change direction. Now that I have heard the ubiquity of it in my own language, I can’t unhear it. I am also now noticing the way I regularly say “you guys” to denote a group of people.

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