I received an email from my senior manager the other day, as did a number of males and females on distribution. He informed us that he was going to be meeting with the “Capital gals” that afternoon and would keep us apprised.
Wait. What? Capital gals? He referred to the program Chief Engineer and program Finance Analyst with this phrase. Of course they weren’t on distribution.
What does that term ‘gal’ refer to and why is it rubbing me the wrong way? The first thing that comes to mind is ‘guys and gals’. In my engineering career, oftentimes among only male counterparts, I would joke I’m one of the guys. Why is being called a guy more accepting than being called a gal?
Dictionary.com defines ‘gal’ as a girl or woman with its origins going back to 1785.
Think it’s time to move forward? What do you think? Is it accepting in a professional environment to be thought of as a ‘gal’ or should we save that for use outside of work?