I need feminism because when I write a letter from the legal firm I work for to an entity with a group of people governing it, the standard opening line is always ‘Dear Sirs’ - As are all the opening lines in incoming letters, despite the fact that there are 3 female lawyers in the firm.
Not only does this fail to take into account that perhaps all the managing board of directors in a company might be actually female, it also fails to even consider the possibility that there might be mixed gender management.
And even if the company WANTED to have a more gender friendly opening, does anyone even know the plural to Madam? ‘Dear Sirs/Madams’ just doesn’t sound quite right - Although I that could be just because I’ve never heard it used in a professional context.

I need feminism because when I write a letter from the legal firm I work for to an entity with a group of people governing it, the standard opening line is always ‘Dear Sirs’ - As are all the opening lines in incoming letters, despite the fact that there are 3 female lawyers in the firm.

Not only does this fail to take into account that perhaps all the managing board of directors in a company might be actually female, it also fails to even consider the possibility that there might be mixed gender management.

And even if the company WANTED to have a more gender friendly opening, does anyone even know the plural to Madam? ‘Dear Sirs/Madams’ just doesn’t sound quite right - Although I that could be just because I’ve never heard it used in a professional context.