Feminisation of work titles approved - The official guardians of the French language have ended centuries of male dominance on Thursday by allowing feminine words for all professions. The Academie Francaise, which polices the language and has long resisted change, said there was now "no obstacle in principle" to the wholesale feminisation of job titles. Despite more than half a century of feminism, the language of French working life has remained male. Most jobs titles are automatically masculine, apart from a few notable exceptions such as nurse and child-minder.
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