Forget ‘Manmade’: Berkeley Bans Gender-Specific Words

Berkeley leaders voted unanimously to replace about 40 gender-specific words in the city code with gender-neutral terms.

  • Published 19 July 2019

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into "maintenance holes" instead. Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but "human-made." And students at the University of California, Berkeley, will join "collegiate Greek system residences" rather than fraternities and sororities. Berkeley leaders voted unanimously this week to replace about 40 gender-specific words in the city code with gender-neutral terms — an effort to be more inclusive… Read at AP News