Connecticut Transportation Committee gets some education about gender expectation and stereotypes from an 11 year old girl →
Today 11 year old Isabella Glynn got up in front of the committee and explained why “men at work” signs are unnecessary and also problematic. A very interesting read and I thought being it’s my home state, I would share. This girl has a very good head on her shoulders and I expect we will not being hearing the last from her!
From the article:
Glynn was testifying along with Teresa Younger, executive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, in support of legislation that would require the use of gender neutral work signs by the Transportation Department.
She said she got the idea one day as she was riding in the car with her father and saw a “men at work” sign at a construction site.
Basically, the Isabella- and many others who spoke today- feel that using men at work signs does not accurately give credit to the women on the site. Not only this, for a young girl like herself, it gives off the vibe that maybe ONLY men work there. The ultimate goal seems to be to simply change the signs in a way to be more inclusive. Which honestly, I’m not sure why that hasn’t been taken care of a long time ago.
Many of the DOT - in fact nearly all - signs simply say “Work zone” but this does not cover signs put up by towns IN the state, only state signs for state work, which still continue to hold the extremely gendered signs. The bill proposed aims to get rid of these, keeping them all very neutral.
Whether you agree or disagree about the whole thing, it’s a great read, simply for how impressive this young girl honestly is.