State Department Incorporates Pronouns in Employee Email Addresses

The State Department added pronouns to employees’ email address lines, inaccurately describing some men and women.

Associated Press reporter Matt Lee brought up the matter with deputy State Department spokesman Vedant Patel, asking, “Have you gotten any emails from any of your colleagues before you came out here… since about noon or so?”

Patel said he was not going to show his email, to which Lee responded, “You don’t have to show it to me, I want to know if you noticed anything different in the ‘from’ line, where it gives the sender.”

“Within the last hour and a half… the State Department’s internal email system—and I tested this, so I know that it’s true—has added pronouns to people’s—not their signature—but to where it says from, Lee added. “Why?”

Reporting from The Daily Signal:

“I’d like to know why this would not be an optional thing,” the Associated Press reporter continued, before pointing out that many of the pronouns are inaccurate. “The problem is that a lot of them or at least some of them so far, as I’ve been able to tell, are wrong. They’re giving the wrong pronouns. So men are being identified as women and women as men.”