A tradition of referring to female councillors differently to their male counterparts is set to be ditched at Lichfield District Council.
A motion on the subject will be debated at the first meeting of the council since the local elections.
The proposal, by Cllr Angela Lax, would see an end to the practice of referring to councillors as Miss, Mrs or Ms in all communications.
The Conservative councillor’s motion points out that male counterparts in the chamber are not addressed with any gender specific title.
“This motion proposes that this council addresses, in all its written, digital and verbal communications, all of its members in a consistent, respectful and equal manner which does not differentiate between their gender or their marital status,” Cllr Lax says in her proposal.
“It has been custom and practice for the council to add the honorific title to female councillors, but not to do so for male councillors.
“It is recognised that this was only ever intended to be polite and respectful, but it is felt that addressing all members in the same consistent manner better reflects our ambitions to be truly inclusive and empowering.
“Of course, to differentiate between Councillors with the same surname, we can use their given name rather than their title.”
The motion will be voted on at the meeting of the council tonight (21st May).