You may have recently come across an email signature that includes pronouns, like he/him/his or she/her/hers. These pronoun lists are the sender’s way of telling you (and others) what pronouns they want you to use when addressing them.
So, what does “he/him/his” mean in a signature? It means the person who sent you the message wants to be referred to as “he” or “him” when using pronouns. If you talk about something that the sender possesses, you would use the pronoun “his” to describe it.
Adding pronouns to email signatures or online profiles lets people communicate their gender identity, which is how they see themselves and want to be seen. This may differ from a person’s gender expression, which is the gender they seem to be based on appearances.
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To add pronouns to your email signature, it’s usually best to place the pronouns next to or beneath your name. This provides a clear signal to the people reading your email. For example, “Your Name (they/them/theirs).”
If you want to list your pronouns after your job title and company name, then it’s helpful to include a label like “Pronouns:” or “My pronouns:” so readers know what the list means.
To get a better idea of how to list pronouns in email signatures, here are some examples of commonly used formats.
Andre Powell (he/him/his)
You can create a professional email signature with your pronouns for free using HubSpot’s Email Signature Generator. From there, easily copy and paste your new signature into your email client.