OUP investigates possible update to definition of 'woman'

OUP investigates possible update to definition of 'woman'

Oxford University Press editors are investigating a possible update to its definition of "woman", after an online petition, which has almost 30,000 signatures, branded the definitions used as "sexist" and urged the publisher to change its definition in various publications. 

OUP said its "dictionaries reflect rather than dictate how language is used" though editors are investigating a possible update.

Marketing and PR consultant Maria Beatrice Giovanardi launched the petition earlier this summer on Change.org, drawing attention to definitions featured in Oxford University Press titles.

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