Women’s groups across France are claiming a victory today. After expressing displeasure with the term “Mademoiselle” because it forces women to disclose their marital status, the country is ditching the term from its official documents.
Unlike in other countries (especially America and England) where women can choose between Mrs., Miss, or Ms., which allows them to either disclose their marital status or not, French women only had two options–Madame and Mademoiselle–and were required to identify as one or the other on official documents from tax forms to voter registration cards. Men, on the other hand, only had to pick one option–Monsieur–whether they were married or not.
According to the Prime Minister’s office, all women–regardless of marital status–will be called Madame from now on.
While many women’s groups are applauding the change because they say it no longer discriminates against women, others are not so happy about the decision. One woman on NPR remarked that using Mademoiselle made her feel young and that she’ll continue to use it in conversation.
What do you think? Should France ditch Mademoiselle from its official documents?