Sexist 'Men at Work' signs must be repainted
All signs displaying the message 'Men Working' or Men at Work' in Atlanta Georgia are going to have to be repainted after a campaign by the editor of a local women's magazine claimed they were sexist.
More than 50 signs have to be changed to 'Workers ahead' or just 'Workers' (which is too vague I think).
Each one will cost about $22 to 'fix'.
From now on all signs will be gender neutral.
"It seemed like the right thing to do," said Joe Basista, the Atlanta Public Works commissioner.
More than half the department’s employees are women, and some had complained about the signs in the past, according to union officials.
Cynthia Good, editor of PINK magazine, which is aimed at professional women, said she now hoped to convince other cities to remove bias from their road signs.
“We're calling on the rest of the nation to follow suit and make a statement that we will not accept these subtle forms of discrimination," she said.
The equivalent signs in Britain - which feature images of an apparently male worker holding a spade, but no text - might be more difficult to make gender neutral.
Mrs Good started her campaign after police investigated an allegation that she spray-painted the letters “wo” at the beginning of one of the offending signs.
What do you think about this decision? Personally I don't think female construction workers are offended by these signs? What does it matter to the magazine editor? She doesn't even work in construction!