gender gender  /ˈdʒɛn dər/


  1. (n) a grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives; in some languages it is quite arbitrary but in Indo-European languages it is usually based on sex or animateness
  2. (n) the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles


  1. The gender gap is biggest in Austria, where just 9% of researchers are female, and Germany, where the figure is 9.
  2. Santhi Soundarajan has a message for Caster Semenya, the South African track star whose gender has sparked an international athletics row:.
  3. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines is one of a handful of female heads of state helping close the gender gap worldwide It's not just about equality anymore.


  1. Norway votes overwhelmingly to adopt gender-neutral armed forces draft

    OSLO, Norway, June 16 (UPI) -- Norway's Parliament voted overwhelmingly to install a policy of gender-neutral armed forces conscription, Norway's defense minister announced.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: UPI

  2. Norway to introduce gender neutral conscription

    Mandatory military service in Norway should in future be extended to all citizens, regardless of gender, according to a resolution backed by a broad majority in the country's parliament Friday.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Stars and Stripes

  3. Gender pay gap

    Give money to needy, not greedy Thanks to Jerry Large for his insightful column on the gender pay gap and its causes [“Wider look at gender pay gap,” NWMonday, June 10]. I agree that a lot of the problem boils down to the lack of affordable, high-quality child care and lack of paid mater
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Seattle Times

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  1. So when Sotomayor says things like this -- "I simply do not know exactly what that difference will be in my judging. But I accept there will be some based on my gender and my Latina heritage" -- it's very easy to label her an scourge of identity...
    on May 27, 2009 By: Sonia Sotomayor Source: Atlantic Online

  2. Sessions said he would not support a nominee "who believes it is acceptable for a judge to allow their personal background, gender, prejudices to sway their decision in favor of, or against, parties before the court."
    on Jul 13, 2009 By: Jeff Sessions Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. "As far as I can tell, neither Senator Obama nor Hillary have lost votes because of their race or gender. They are getting votes, to be sure, because of their race or gender - that's why people tell me Hillary doesn't have a chance of winning...
    on Jan 23, 2008 By: Bill Clinton Source: Forbes

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