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.”
So proud of my 7yo. She recently wrote to the NZTA CE asking that they replace the ‘Lineman’ sign with something more “correct and fair” bc “women can be line-workers too”. The CE agreed and now NZTA is developing a new Line Crew sign. High 5s all round! 😍 pic.twitter.com/lam5tciZ2u
— Caitlin Carew (@greeniecaitlin) July 30, 2018
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.”
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! https://t.co/CanSuHBNXN
— NZTA News (@nzta_news) July 30, 2018