As language becomes more gender-neutral, Berkeley catches up

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Berkeley’s City Council recently adopted an ordinance to drop certain gendered terms from the city’s municipal code. Photo credit: Dave Bleasdale/CC 2.0, via Flickr

Berkeley’s City Council recently adopted an ordinance to drop certain gendered terms from the city’s municipal code. The measure passed unanimously and affects more than two dozen common words. For example, "fireman" becomes "firefighter" and "manhole” becomes “maintenance hole."