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Hi, I'd greatly appreciate anyone's help.

What should I use for addressing to a woman in a cover letter when it does not tell us?
Ms, Mrs or Miss.

Dear madam/sir could be used if there was no name. However usually, there is a name e.g., Contact: Amanda Moore

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I wanted to thank you for this awesome and informative thread. It was just what I needed!
I never thought of all this addressing "Miss, Mrs, and Ms" in so much depth, until I got married. It's true. Why should it matter if we are married or not? Men do not have to worry about this aspect with "Mr." I used to feel awkward about which to write in emails to clients, but now I only use Ms. because it really shouldn't matter. Right? Emotion: stick out tongue
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Personally, as a 'Miss' I find 'Ms' quite insulting.  - When information comes from a business, it makes it look like they haven't bothered to find out which is preferred.
Not being able to choose 'Miss' on forms is annoying, when you can choose between Mrs or Ms - I'm not a divorced / feminist / other commotations that 'Ms' has; and I'm not yet married.  Once I am married, then Mrs will be fine, as it shows that I am part of the one 'entity' that is marriage.
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I am sorry that you find it 'insulting', as it is not intended to be so. 'Ms' has appeared as a response to the demands of many more women who do prefer that designation. 'Ms' no longer holds the connotations that you seem to wish to harbour yourself. However, if you require 'Miss' (until hallowed 'Mrs' becomes your fortune), then you will have to pursue the course that preservers of the title 'Esq.' do-- use it constantly in all your correspondence. Alert businesses will take note. Beyond that, how would you suggest that businesses find out which title is preferred? Would you like them to phone or email you and ask if you are single or married?
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Use Ms. It's more commonly used professionally. I myself prefer to be addressed as Mrs., but that is simply because that's what I put on my e-mail signature.
Ms. (pronounced mizz) is the appropriate address in a business letter to a woman who's marital status is unknown. It is considered marital status neutral.
Hi the person you are approaching in any form if their TITLE is known to you for instance MR SHEIKH bla bla usually if you know their sex/gender with any MALE MR is applied MS is normally applied when HER status in unknown for instance you are not aware that MADAM SARAH is a MISS OR A MRS so you will put MS also sometime that person may well be approached by their sir name that can be a MALE sir Name but you do know that you are approaching a Female again you can put MS.

Miss is for unmarriied and indeed younger females too like young boys can be mentioned as MASTER GEORGE etc

Hope it helps

Regards
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Hi,

Just saying 'miss' is not a very helpful comment. Would you like to tell us why you recommend 'miss'?

Best wishes, Clive
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