Gender-Neutral Road Signs in New Zealand After 7-Year-Old Girl Writes Heart-Felt Letter to Authorities
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Zoe Carew, a 7-year-old girl in New Zealand, penned a letter to the concerned authorities, pointing out that women workers can work as lineman too. Consequently, the road signs in New Zealand are set to see a sweeping change as the authorities have decided to pay heed into it. As per a media report, New Zealand will change road-signs in a gesture towards a 7-year-old girl. The signs will now be changed to ‘line crew’ from the current signage, i.e. ‘linemen’.

Zoe wrote the letter to Fergus Gammie, who is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). The following idea came to light when the young kid was travelling with her family to her grandparents’ place.

In her letter, she wrote, “Why does the sign say ‘linemen’ when the people working on the lines may be men or women? I think the sign is wrong and unfair. Do you agree?” Suggesting an alternative herself, she wrote, “Can you please change the sign to say ‘line-workers’ instead, or something else correct and fair like that.”

Her mother shared the letter on Twitter. While sharing the message, she wrote, “So proud of my 7-year-old. She recently wrote to the NZTA CE asking that they replace the 'Lineman' sign with something more "correct and fair" because "women can be line-workers too". The CE agreed, and now NZTA is developing a new Line Crew sign. High-fives all around!”

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The official account of NZTA was quick to respond to the tweet. In their reply, they tweeted, “We were happy to take Zoe’s suggestion on board, because great ideas can come from anyone, including seven-year-olds! Good on you, Zoe!”

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In their reply to Zoe’s letter, Gammie commended the young girl for her suggestion. However, he stated that changing linemen to line-workers will require to increase the size of the signboards to increase, hence a relatively smaller term, ‘line crew’ will be used. The letter also mentioned that the change would take place once the old ones need replacement due to wear and tear.