Interesting recent article that I’m sharing on here because it was inspired by a publishing company’s new policy. Clementine Ford is an Australian journalist and feminist.
The article was inspired by one publishing house in Ireland that has started tossing all queries and submissions made out to “Dear Sir” without even looking at them. Why? Because the people who run the business are women.
I admit: we’re still conditioned to think like this. I caught myself making a sexist assumption the other day, and was appalled. It takes time to change (hell, most of us still default to calling all animals “he”!), but I think that you could at least do that much research when submitting a manuscript.