California city to remove all gendered language like 'manhole' from city code
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The city council of Berkeley, Calif., voted Tuesday night to remove all words that imply a gender preference from its city code and replace them with gender-neutral terms.

The ordinance would tackle words like manhole, policemen or policewomen, chairman and man-power. Manhole will be switched to maintenance hole, and manpower will be switched to human effort.

The ordinance will also replace the gender pronouns he and she with they.


The legislation passed the City Council without debate or controversy, according to Berkeley City Council Member Rigel Robinson, the bill’s author.

"There's power in language," Robinson told CNN. "This is a small move, but it matters."

"Having a male-centric municipal code is inaccurate and not reflective of our reality," Robinson continued. "Women and non-binary individuals are just as entitled to accurate representation. Our laws are for everyone, and our municipal code should reflect that."

There will be a second reading of the ordinance next week, according to an area NBC affiliate. If passed, it will go into effect in late August.