A California City is Changing the Word “Manhole” to be More Gender-Neutral

Berkeley, California is continuing on the progressive path to change classic language into more gender-neutral language.

The city is going forth with a $600 effort to remove terms such as “manhole” and “manpower” and replace them with “maintenance hole” and “human effort,” respectively.  Words like “he” and “she” will be replaced by “they” and “them” in the city language.

In recent years, broadening societal awareness of transgender and gender-nonconforming identities has brought to light the importance of non-binary gender inclusivity.” – Berkeley City Manager, Dee Williams-Ridley

The changes go into effect January 1, 2020.

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