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Wed April 24, 2013
Washington State Now Has Gender-Neutral Laws
Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:20 am
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
Good morning, I'm David Greene.
It was a yeoman's task but they would never put it that way in Washington State. The state just completed a six-year effort to rewrite its laws using gender-neutral language. Terms like fisherman and freshman were replaced by fisher and first-year student. Penmanship became handwriting. More than 3,000 sections of the law were revised but some words did not change. Manhole and man lock are words that survived; they just couldn't find a better way of saying them.
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