Women in Robotics has taken the lead in curating a list of best practices in inclusive terminology, in consultation with other groups, and now we would like to share the first draft of “Terminology for 21st Century Technologists” for comment. So far they have considered gender, ethnicity and some disability issues.

Their goal is to create a comprehensive directory of terminology, which can go through an update process periodically, just as standards do. There is obviously a little more work to be done and they want to include sections on ‘how to retire terms’, ‘how to implement changes constructively’ and more information about the process. This is where you can help.

Please send comments in response to the first draft by June 28 2022 to reports@womeninrobotics.org. You can also view the first draft here.