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Guidance for NIST Staff on Using Inclusive Language in Documentary Standards



Kathryn Miller, David F. Alderman, Lisa Carnahan, Lily Chen, James Foti, Barbara L. Goldstein, Michael Hogan, Jennifer Marshall, Karen Reczek, Nathalie Rioux, Mary Frances Theofanos, David A. Wollman


This document provides guidance to NIST staff regarding the use of inclusive language in documentary standards and documents which support the realization and dissemination of physical standards; Standards Developing Organizations' (SDOs) policies and procedures; and standards development participation. The document is intended to be used as guidance by NIST standards participants seeking to be impactful in addressing these issues.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8366
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bias-free language, documentary standards, inclusive language, standards committee participation, standards developing organizations, voluntary consensus standards


Miller, K. , Alderman, D. , Carnahan, L. , Chen, L. , Foti, J. , Goldstein, B. , Hogan, M. , Marshall, J. , Reczek, K. , Rioux, N. , Theofanos, M. and Wollman, D. (2021), Guidance for NIST Staff on Using Inclusive Language in Documentary Standards, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed May 22, 2024)


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Created April 29, 2021, Updated November 29, 2022