Saturday, March 15, 2003


A trainee social worker wrote to me as follows:

The main criticism about my performance during my recent Practicum was that I used the word "girls" when referring to other women in my team. It was considered to be ageist. I agreed that I did indeed use this term and asked what the Manager would suggest as an alternative. I told her I had thought about using the term "ladies" but considered it to be elitist. So now I am left with the mouthfull "other members of my team".

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