Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Out of line: New Zealand girl gets sexist road signs changed

Out of line: New Zealand girl gets sexist road signs changed

The New Zealand Transport Agency will replace signs that say "Linemen" to "Line Crew" after Wellington student Zoe Carew wrote a letter to authorities pointing out that "women can be line-workers too".

Zoe Carew spotted a "linemen" hazard sign - to warn drivers about workers repairing or installing electricity and telecommunications cables - when she was en route to her grandparents' house last month.

'I think that this sign is wrong and unfair. "I don't really want to be a line worker. but some girls might want to learn".

"Can you please change the sign to say "Line-workers" instead, or something else correct and fair like that".

Gammie wrote back to Zoe, in a letter that Zoe's proud mother shared on Facebook alongside her daughter's original note.

Mr Gammie responded, saying that he accepted the criticism and that the agency would change its signs.

This May 2015, photo supplied from Vector, shows a sign for staff working on power lines in Auckland, New Zealand.

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So proud of my 7yo. 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.

Gammie wrote, "I commend you for your suggestion and for taking action where you think something unfair should be fixed. High 5s all round!", she commented. She was angered by the fact that the term was not gender-neutral and had asked for it to be changed.

They will now read "LINECREW" after the she emailed the head of the New Zealand Transport Agency with her concerns in June.

Gammie said the change would be included in the agency's specification approvals soon.

"The new signs will replace the old ones when they need replacement due to wear and tear, this may take some time".

Linemen are workers who install or fix power lines and when they are working, a warning sign is put up.

The story has received a positive response from others across the internet and on social media.

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