Yellen favors gender-neutral title of Fed ‘chair’

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file photo, Janet Yellen, of California, smiles as she is introduced as being the first female to be nominated as Federal Reserve Board chair, prior to testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Yellen was approved by the Senate on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, as the first woman to head the Federal Reserve in its 100-year history.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) Show caption
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file photo, Janet Yellen, of California, smiles as she is introduced as being the first female to be nominated as Federal Reserve Board chair, prior to testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Yellen was approved by the Senate on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, as the first woman to head the Federal Reserve in its 100-year history. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen will make one small but symbolic change when she takes over the leadership of the Federal Reserve on Feb. 1: Her title.

Yellen has decided to use the gender-neutral title of chair, rather than chairman or chairwoman, when she becomes the first woman to lead the Fed in its 100-year history.

Her preference will be Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen.

Her decision is consistent with the title she used in the Fed’s No. 2 job, when she was referred to as Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen.

Alice Rivlin, the first woman to serve in the No. 2 post at the Fed, also preferred the gender-neutral title of vice chair.

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AP Business Writer Joe Pisani contributed to this report.