Kiwi seven-year-old changes face of ‘sexist’ road sign

Kiwi seven-year-old changes face of ‘sexist’ road sign

A gender-savvy seven-year-old has convinced the New Zealand Transport Agency to change an arguably-sexist road sign.


Last month, Zoe Carow wrote an innocent letter to the agency, noting the presence of a ‘linemen’ sign next to people working on roadside powerlines, according to the Guardian.

After a discussion with her family, the youngster asked in the letter, “Why does the sign say ‘linemen’ when the people working on the lines may be men or women?’

She continued: “I think that this sign is wrong and unfair.

“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 linewomen.”

This month, NZTA chief executive Fergus Gammie responded in agreement.

“The new signs will replace the old ones when they need replacement due to wear and tear, this may take some time,” said Gammie, who also congratulated Carew “for taking action where you think something unfair should be fixed.”