It's a "Ms"tery!!!!

Joy Frestedt frest001 at MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Thu Feb 29 13:08:40 EST 1996

I can't believe this company actually assigns gender specific titles to 
employees email correspondence.  How RUDE (or possible even illegal?)!  I 
actually remember thinking it was quite strange for the email header in 
question to say "Ms. S.J. Rickard."  I presumed that the sender felt quite 
strongly about the fact that she was female.

On Thu, 29 Feb 1996 16:29:25 +0000, 
Ms. S.J. Rickard  <srickard at> wrote:

>Sorry about the awful pun, couldn't resist!!!
>I use Ms as a title (although my institute automatically issues Ms as an 
>e mail address to all female employees).
>I use it as it doesn't give my marital status away, as I don't see why I 
>should if men don't have to. I pronounce it "mzz" and I find more and 
>more women are using it, as they find Miss patronizing and unnecessary.
>Is it as widely used in the States or elsewhere????

Joy L Frestedt, PhD candidate
Pathobiology program, Lab Med and Path
University of Minnesota Medical School
Box 86 UMHC
Minneapolis, MN 55455
frest001 at

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