"Amanda, I'm a cisgendered white male. No one cares about my pronouns."
While I love the self awareness, don't underestimate the power of solidarity. Allies play a crucial role in promoting inclusivity and supporting marginalized communities. Adding pronouns to LinkedIn profiles, even if you don't consider yourself marginalized or a minority, is a simple but meaningful way to show support and build authentic connections.
Here are three reasons why adding pronouns to your profile matters:
1. Including pronouns on a LinkedIn profile as an ally sends a clear message of solidarity with individuals of diverse gender identities. It shows that you are committed to supporting and advocating for the rights and recognition of transgender and non-binary individuals. This sends a great first impression for those may be considering working with or for your company.
2. When allies visibly use pronouns, it helps normalize the practice and fosters a more inclusive and welcoming environment on LinkedIn and in the professional world at large. It encourages others to do the same and helps combat the stigmatization of discussing gender identity.
3. By adding pronouns to your profiles, allies create a more inclusive networking environment. This makes it easier for everyone to feel respected and addressed correctly, which can lead to more productive and meaningful professional connections.
Ultimately, allies who add pronouns to their LinkedIn profiles are making a simple but impactful stand to show support and make a positive difference in professional environments.