Asking for Gender in Applications

January 10, 2017 Zoe Gagnon

How to approach an inclusive gender question.

Pivotal Labs is the end-to-end product development consultancy arm of Pivotal. As an engineer here, I get to work with a wide variety of clients and their digital applications.

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Input form showing radio buttons for gender: Male, Female, or Other

Guidelines for how to create a gender form

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Hopefully these examples give some ideas on how to approach the issue with sensitivity to both the needs of users and the business requirements of the software. These are definitely not the only approaches. As with all UX elements, experimentation to fit the exact needs is encouraged.

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This is not an area that we often have to give thought to but it is also not complicated if we approach the user experience with empathy and consideration for the sensitive situations we may put our users in.

and for collaboration on the project and on this post!


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