Hopefully this is the right forum for this. I work in public health and frequently need to write documents and reports about women because, ya know, sex matters for things like statistics and discrimination and inequitable access to care and maternal health and so on. I have known for years that the day was coming where we'd start getting guidance telling us to say "pregnant persons" and that finally happened this week in a document I wrote about the specific discrimination faced by pregnant women with a particular disease (I won't say what in case I out myself, although I'm probably just paranoid).
I made my case to my supervisors that I had written the document using the word "women" to call out misogyny and discrimination on the basis of sex (and obviously, because women are real) and I think that my carefully chosen words actually resonated with them, but nevertheless, we had been advised to say "pregnant person" by the powers that be and I was told to get on with it. However, now the problem is that the report is inaccurate in many places. When I write things like "women are at higher risk for [disease]," I can't simply replace that with "people are at higher risk" or "pregnant people are at higher risk" - that's not the same thing. We all know this. I changed it back to "women" wherever I could and added a footnote explaining why, but I'm sure that I'm going to get pushback. Has anyone else dealt with this - where the proposed "inclusive" changes to your work have distorted the meaning and misrepresented the evidence? At the very least, it turns my report into a clunky, garbage piece of writing. Any ideas for pushing back in a way that's effective and that won't totally out me as a radfem in a professional setting?
ETA: My ultimate goal in my public health work is to promote the human rights and health of women and I've never apologized for that - but I think a lot of people think that I include TIMS in that. They assume I do because I am politically progressive. Do I disabuse them of that notion?