A 7-year-old Got New Zealand to Change Its Sexist Road Signs
A seven-year-old girl convinced the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to change its signs by pointing out that âwomen can be line-workers too.â
Last month, Zoe Carew wrote a letter to the agency after noticing a suspicious sign on the side of the road, The Guardian reported. Next to the people working on the power lines along the road, there was a bright orange sign that read âLINEMEN.â Carew and her family talked about the sign and âwondered why it said âMENâ when women can be line-workers too,â she wrote in her letter.
âWhy does the sign say âLINEMENâ when the people working on the lines may be men or women?â Carew wrote. âI think that this sign is wrong and unfair.â
Fergus Gammie, the chief executive of the NZTA, wrote back to Carew this month in agreement. In response to Carewâs suggestion, Gammie confirmed that all roadside signs will be changed to read âLINE CREW.â
According to the letter, âthe new signs will replace the old ones when they need replacement due to wear and tear, this may take some time.â Gammie also commended Carew âfor taking action where you think something unfair should be fixed. Well done.â
In a tweet, NZTA praised Carewâs letter, saying âgreat ideas can come from anyone.â
A report from U.S. World & News rated New Zealand the ninth best country in the world to be a woman for its gender pay gap, education, and political empowerment.Source: Google News New Zealand | Netizen 24 New Zealand