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 “women can be line-workers too.”
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 “LINEMEN.” Carew and her family talked about the sign and “wondered why it said ‘MEN’ when women can be line-workers too,” she wrote in her letter.
“Why does the sign say ‘LINEMEN’ when the people working on the lines may be men or women?” Carew wrote. “I think that this sign is wrong and unfair.”
Fergus Gammie, the chief executive of the NZTA, wrote back to Carew this month in agreement. In response to Carew’s suggestion, Gammie confirmed that all roadside signs will be changed to read “LINE CREW.”
According to the letter, “the new signs will replace the old ones when they need replacement due to wear and tear, this may take some time.” Gammie also commended Carew “for taking action where you think something unfair should be fixed. Well done.”
In a tweet, NZTA praised Carew’s letter, saying “great ideas can come from anyone.”
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.