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Caro,

How should one refer to a female doctor, a female surgeon, a female prime minister, a female judge, etc? I have seen things like "la docteure" and I am wondering if they are broadly acceptable.

Mike

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Hi again,

This has been a long debate. Some are still reluctant..
But it is now frequent to "feminize" the titles and poitions.  


Docteure is accepted.
A female urgeon is une chirurgienne
Journalists often say : Madame la ministre
A judge = une juge

A friend of mine, who is super feminist, use auteure for a female author.
Follow this link, a long list of examples is given : http://www.btb.termiumplus.gc.ca/redac-chap?lang=fra&lettr=chapsect9&info0=9.2

I hope this help

cheers
Caro

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