Is gender a human construct? From social media to academia, this is a subject of fierce argument. Those who insist that biology is destiny, as patriarchal set-ups have done down the ages, are plain wrong and must be called out for it. The burden of gender inequity has been so heavy that our struggle to offload it has made some of us deploy all we’ve got—even semantic signals, like pronouns. If we subvert the use of ‘she’ or ‘he’, goes the hope, language itself would score a point against how society conditions us to fit into such moulds. Yet, while gender is a figment of society—a social construct—in most settings, this is simply not so in every context. Moreover, we need not deny the existence of our chromosomes to defy unfairly assigned roles. In fact, tactical attempts to scrub terms like ‘female’ and ‘male’ of their meaning could end up going against affirmative action to fix lopsided equations of power. This is an issue of practical concern in many fields, and especially in the field of business, where gender diversity holds undeniable value but efforts to unlock it have been woefully weak.