Urge to change its definition of "hero" to include females

This petition made change with 112 supporters!'s primary definition of the term "hero" is "a man of distinguished courage or ability. . ." As a woman, I find this definition offensive. Women can be heroes too!  Most other well-known on-line dictionaries have recognized that the word hero is gender neutral. For example, defines hero as "a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities." defines hero as "a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities." I have written to, only to have them point out that the word "heroine" exists for women. Come on! No one uses the term "heroine" these days (unless they are speaking of the drug). Using the word heroine is analogous to calling a "flight attendant" a "stewardess" or a a doctor who happens to be a woman, a "female doctor."  Saying, for example, that astronaut Sally Ride is a heroine rather than a hero significantly waters down the meaning of the statement. It has also been well recognized among scholars that the term "heroine" should only be used for female characters in fictional works, not for non-fictional women. calls itself "the world's most popular dictionary." I would hate for children researching the word "hero" to be led to believe that only men can be heroes. Please support me in urging to change the definition of "hero" to "a person of distinguished courage or ability..."!! I believe that ANYONE CAN BE A HERO.

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