Monday, August 13, 2018

Sexist New Zealand road signs to be changed after girl’s letter

A YOUNG girl has convinced New Zealand’s transport authority to change one of its road signs after pointing out it wasn’t inclusive to women.

CONCERNS voiced by a seven-year-old New Zealand girl regarding “unfair” road signs that exclude women have been heard by the country’s transport authority.

Zoe Carew wrote to the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) after she noticed a sign that read “Linemen”, which warns motorists about crews working on electricity poles and telecommunication cables.

Her letter and the response she received from the NZTA were posted to Twitter by Zoe’s mum, Caitlin Carew, who praised her daughter’s initiative.

In the letter, Zoe suggested they change the signs to a more gender neutral term like “Line-workers” after pointing out that women can work in the industry too.

“I don’t really want to be a line-worker when I grow up because there are so many more exciting things I would like to do, but some girls might want to learn to be a lineswoman,” she wrote.

“Why does it say ‘LINEMEN’ when the people working on the lines may be men or women?”

She labelled the sign “wrong and unfair” to women and the NZTA appeared to agree with her.

The company’s chief executive Fergus Gammie wrote back to Zoe informing her that the signs would be updated.



Anonymous said...

More Politically Correct nonsense; very few women ever work on power lines.

Dean said...

Wait! Lineswoman? Did the young person just use an uninclusive term in its complaint about uninclusive terminology?

Also the person whose gender must not be mentioned appears to consider being a person who works on lines as a dull, unexciting profession that only drudges would aspire to.

How elitest and uninclusive can one be?

Long sigh. She (I'm really not afraid to offend the PC crowd by using gender specific pronouns) will never see the irony of her comments.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

So the Kiwis change a sign because one person send in a dumb letter about a sign just how PC stupidity can they get?

Anonymous said...

It must be wonderful to live in a country where government departments can priorities and spend money on such things.
What a utopia NZ must be.

Stan B said...

It is because it is "high risk" and "physically grueling" that most of the job seekers for "line worker" are MEN. Women (as a GROUP) shy away from such work. So while there may be the occasional "lineswoman," the number is going to remain small, and has diddly squat to do with the signs.

Anonymous said...

isn't the word "woMAN also sexist? Maybe it should be changed to woperson.