[OpenStack Foundation] [Foundation Board] OIF bylaws text changes for gender neutrality

Sean McGinnis sean.mcginnis at gmail.com
Wed Oct 27 17:31:58 UTC 2021

Thank you Allison, this looks great. Glad to see this moving forward.


On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 12:16 PM Allison Randal <allison at lohutok.net> wrote:

> Hi all,
> In the March OIF board meeting, the Diversity & Inclusion working group
> proposed some minor changes to the bylaws to use more gender-neutral
> language. We've completed legal review on the changes, so we're ready
> for broader community review and feedback now, and then will plan for
> the OIF board to vote on the changes in the next board meeting in December.
> I've attached a PDF with a redline markup of the changes, all comments
> are welcome. The changes are relatively simple:
> a) "Chairman" changes to "Chair" throughout the document.
> b) Consistently uses they/their as the gender-neutral 3rd person
> singular pronoun. This replaces all instances of he/his, and all cases
> where we previously had incomplete gender neutrality with "his or hers",
> "he or she", and other variations that explicitly listed two genders.
> While this use of they/their as 3rd person singular isn't universal, it
> is very common in modern usage. And, the bylaws already have an explicit
> statement that any pronouns should be read as singular/plural as needed:
> "6.7 _Pronouns._ All pronouns used in these Bylaws shall be deemed to
> refer to the masculine, feminine or neuter, singular or plural, as the
> identity of the person or persons may require."
> The updates change a few words in protected sections of the bylaws, so
> after the board vote, we'll need independent votes from the OpenStack
> Technical Committee and Platinum Members, and will include these changes
> in the annual Gold Member and Individual Member votes (for Gold and
> Individual Directors). So, it'll probably be mid- to late-January before
> the changes are fully reviewed and approved.
> Thanks,
> Allison
> _______________________________________________
> Foundation-board mailing list
> Foundation-board at lists.openstack.org
> http://lists.openstack.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/foundation-board
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/foundation/attachments/20211027/5b5a5223/attachment.htm>

More information about the Foundation mailing list