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New Mexico’s first female land commisioner pushes for inclusive pronouns

Steve TerrellMay 24, 2019

Stephanie Garcia Richard, elected last year as New Mexico’s first female state land commissioner, heads an agency that has rules referring to the commissioner as “he” or “him.”

And those written rules governing activities of the State Land Office, an agency created before women had the right to vote, seemingly assume that anyone who wants to lease state trust land or mineral rights under her management is male.

Garcia Richard said she wants to eliminate the use of gender-specific pronouns and replace them with references such as “the commissioner” or “the applicant” or “the lessee.”

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