Wellington girl challenges gender-specific road signs yesterday

Wellington girl challenges gender-specific road signs yesterday

Wellington girl challenges gender-specific road signs yesterday

Next to the people working on the power lines along the road, there was a bright orange sign that read "LINEMEN". "Do you agree?" Carew wrote in a letter to Fergus Gammie, the chief executive of New Zealand's Transport Agency.

'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".

Gammie also invited Carew to have her picture taken with the new sign once it was updated. On Wednesday, she declined further comment ahead of a planned photo shoot with Zoe and Mr Gammie when the new signs are made.

The girl's mother, Caitlin Carew, took to Twitter yesterday to proudly tell the story of her daughter's noble actions.


While the chief executive said the NZTA agreed with Carew's opinion, he informed her that the term "line-workers" would require a bigger sign, and suggested "line crew" instead.

She was inspired to write a letter to the NZTA, urging it to change its signs.

"The Transport Agency chose "LINE CREW" rather than "LINE WORK", because using the word "CREW" indicates that people are doing the work and drivers need to be very careful when passing them". "Do you agree?" Carew wrote in the letter. High 5s all round!'

New Zealand will change signs that say "Linemen" to "Line Crew" after a seven-year-old girl wrote a letter to authorities pointing out that "women can be line-workers too", the Guardian reports.

The agency also said in a Twitter post that it was happy to take on Carew's suggestion as "great ideas can come from anyone, including seven-year-olds". New signs will be phased in as old ones are retired due to wear and tear.

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