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Is the French Language Sexist?

Is the French Language Sexist?

Writing in French "Les Canadiens sont un peuple ambitieux et ouvert" disregards half the country's population, as it only addresses a single gender. Do Canadian women not also display ambition and openness? The language should reflect this.

Following a gender-based analysis approach, this discussion will examine the assumptions on which communications in French are generally based on in order to better deconstruct the myth of the neutrality of the masculine. Participants will also explore practical solutions to communicate more inclusively.

Event Information

This learning activity is designed for all public servant groups and levels and is offered at no cost.


Date and Time:

October 12, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)


Marie-Josée Martin, Senior Language Quality Officer, Status of Women Canada


French with interpretation in English


  • Collaboration Lounge, Académie De-La-Salle, 373 Sussex Drive (Guigues Avenue entrance), Ottawa, Ontario
  • Available across Canada by webcast


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