Is there a sadder word than millionairess?
Seriously, how in the world did “millionaire” become a gendered term, except through terrible institutionalized sexism preventing women from accumulating wealth? I know this is an old movie, but just the idea that a millionaire must be male– and the sad knowledge that even I would be likely to assume that an unnamed millionaire was male– well, it’s things like this that make me feel completely defeated.
Sadder still, according to Online Dictionary, a millionairess may be “a woman who is a millionaire, or the wife of a millionaire.” Would we ever consider the husband of a millionaire to be a millionaire himself?
Oh, sorry, make that the husband of a millionairess.