No More 'Men at Work' Signs?

By Jeff Saperstone
|  Thursday, Feb 14, 2013  |  Updated 11:46 AM EDT
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A proposal to State Lawmakers by an eleven year old girl suggests future purchases of road work signs be gender neutral.

Jeff Saperstone & Thomas Kienzler

A proposal to State Lawmakers by an eleven year old girl suggests future purchases of road work signs be gender neutral.

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Roadwork isn’t just a man’s job anymore and it’s why some believe those old ‘Men at Work’ signs should be a thing of the past.

Isabela Glyn, an 11-year-old from West Hartford, sure thinks those signs should be changed.

“I think this is wrong because people who see the sign will only think men are doing all the work,” Glyn told lawmakers on the transportation committee.

The young girl came up with the idea to keep those signs gender neutral.

“They said why doesn’t she make a bill and I guess I did,” Glyn said.

Now there is a bill before state lawmakers which would make the signs more female friendly.

“So we’d like them to consider when they are reordering their signs to come up with more inclusive language,” Teresa Younger of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, said.

In fact the State DOT points out that they already have gender-neutral signs, which read: ‘Work Zone.’

Commissioner James Redeker said Isabela’s idea is a good one especially for towns and cities who still might use the old signs.

“Frankly I think if there are those out there that should be changed, she’s on to something,” Redeker said.

The plan would require that only new signs have the gender-neutral marking so that there would be no additional cost.

 

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