Now that Pres.-elect Obama has formally named Mary Schapiro to head up the SEC, can we just agree on what her title is going to be? With Christopher Cox, it was simple. He was SEC Chairman. But “Chairman” sounds a bit illogical and inaccurate when applied to a woman, so what is the right title here? Chairwoman? Chairperson? Chair?
WSJ, etc. don’t think we haven’t noticed your avoidance of this issue — we’ve been looking for some guidance so we could copy you, to be honest. But so far what we’ve seen are a bunch of end-runs on this like “Regulator Schapiro to Run SEC for Obama,” that state only that she will “lead” or “head” the SEC and be its “chief” with no title offered.
So what is the right title? Can we go with Chairwoman?