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We find it anachronistic and bizarre that many journals, including Science, The Lancet, Cell, The New England Journal of Medicine and, until last month, Nature, provide an option for female scientists — but not male ones — to give their marital status on registration or manuscript submission. Science should keep up with or get ahead of society: terms denoting unmarried women in non-English languages, such as ‘Mademoiselle’ and ‘Fräulein’, have been banished from professional contexts in continental Europe for decades.