Gender pronouns have permeated the English language for quite some time, but linguist Dennis Baron, professor emeritus of English at the University of Illinois and author of What’s Your Pronoun? Beyond He and She, says they’ve
been reenergized in the last 15-20 years because of awareness of nonbinary gender issues and transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Personal pronouns are now common among younger generations and have become mainstream at colleges and for many employers.
Tomer Cohen, Chief Product Officer at LinkedIn, stated that
70% of job seekers believe it’s important that recruiters and hiring managers know their gender pronouns, and 72% of hiring managers agree and believe it shows respect.
For many of us, expressing our authentic self is also about our pronouns. They are core to our identity and how we want to be seen. We’re introducing an optional field at the top of the Profile, displayed next to your name, where you can add your gender pronouns.Tomer Cohen, Bring Your Professional Story to Life on LinkedIn
Timed perfectly for LGBTQ+ Pride Month, LinkedIn accounts now have the option to specify pronouns on their Profile. In addition, LinkedIn is currently prompting users to add their pronouns when they visit their Profile page.
Clicking on Add pronouns opens the Profile edit view and provides the option to select She/Her, He/Him, They/Them, or specify custom pronouns like Ze/Hir.
After you save your pronouns, they will appear next to your name on your Profile.
The new pronouns option is available globally.