Hen has a new assistant

AmandaAmanda Klysing started working as an assistant in the project on the August 1st. Amanda wrote her master’s thesis in psychology at Lund University during the spring semester and is awesome at quantitative analysis.

Luckily for us, Amanda’s research interests overlap with ours, so now Amanda is also on-board the hen boat.

The Importance of Language for Equality in the Work Place

The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte) announced that we (with Anna as project manager) were given just over 3,2 million SEK in research funds for our research about how gender-neutral and gender fair language can lead to increased equality in society on the 27thof September.

The title of the project is The Importance of Language for Equality in the Work Place,and aims to investigate just that. How can actively constructed attempts towards gender neutrality and inclusiveness, e.g. hen, affect actual equality and decrease discrimination within working life?

International Convention of Psychological Science

Anna, Hellen och Marie have been in Vienna to present two studies about hen at ICPS (the International Convention of Psychological Science). Feel free to download our posters as pdf-files below:

Breaking gender and heterosexuality norms predicts positive attitude toward gender-neutral pronoun in Swedish
Vergoossen, H. P., Bäck, E. A., Lindqvist, A., Gustafsson Sendén, M.

Could hen reduce the gender bias in the Swedish language?
Lindqvist, A., Bäck, E. A., Gustafsson Sendén, M.

Hen has got a PhD Student!

hellenWe are happy to announce that our research assistant Hellen Vergoossen has got a position as PhD student in psychology at Stockholm University, with a project about hen! Congratulations Hellen! And congrats to us, who have the privilegie to work with you for at least four more years.

Hen has been to Chicago


Anna, Emma and Marie have been in Chicago two present two studies about hen at APS (Association for Psychological Science, 28th Annual Convention):

Predictors of the usage of and the attitudes toward a new gender-neutral pronoun (Bäck, Lindqvist, Vergoossen, Gustafsson Sendén)
Participants (n=1331) responded to a questionnaire about attitudes towards the recently introduced Swedish gender-neutral pronoun ‘hen’. Results showed that almost all participants used the word themselves, although the attitudes varied. Age, political views and sexism were identified as the most important factors when predicting attitudes and frequency of use.
[download poster as pdf]

Contemporary Arguments Against Gender-Neutral Language (Vergoossen, Bäck, Lindqvist, Gustafsson Sendén)
Arguments against a current language reform in Swedish – the introduction of a gender-neutral third personal pronoun as a complement to she and he – were analyzed and compared to previous arguments against the introduction of double forms (he/she) in English. Although the reforms differ, the arguments are surprisingly similar.
[download poster as pdf]