WHY I'M A MS.
No, not a manuscript. A Ms. Maybe soon gender-neutral language will render it a moot point, but for now...
- •I'm not a MissEven when I was unmarried, I hated being called Miss. There's something a little dismissive about it. Also, what made you think I wasn't married? Also, it's none of your business if I am or not.
- •I'm not a Mrs.People have asked me if I'm Mrs. Pill now that I'm married. Absolutely not. That makes no sense. And that's my mom. Nor am I Mrs. Leonard. That's my husband's mom. I'll always be a Pill. And my marriage status is truly none of your dang business.
- •I am a Ms.I've been one, and will continue to be one, until I die. Even after that, unless someone wants a good haunting. My marriage status doesn't come into it, my name remains the same, and it's just nicer to be treated as an equal person. It's also nice that the addition of a husband or wife doesn't add or subtract anything from my name. It also saves people the trouble of wondering what honorific to use for any woman.
- •Thank you, Sheila MichaelsShe's the one who promoted the use of Ms in modern days. It's a short form of Mistress used in the same way Mr is short for Master/Mister. (There was also an article in The Republican in 1901 calling for a similar simplified honorific). Ms. Michaels didn't want an introduction that implied 'belonging' to a man. Gloria Steinem thought it was a good idea. The magazine definitely helped it into mainstream use.
- •Thank you, Gloria SteinemForever and ever.