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Washington moves to end “Gender Biased Language”

Posted at 6:38 AM, Jul 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-05 06:38:22-04

WASHINGTON (WTVR) — Washington state has passed a bill to rid all state documents of what they call, “Gender Biased Language.”

The bill went into effect this week and has changed nearly 3,500 state documents to include both he and she and even remove many other words. For example, “Freshman” is now “First-year student,” “Fisherman” is now “Fisher” and “Penmanship” is now “Handwriting.”

Washington isn’t the first to do this, Illinois, Florida and our neighbor North Carolina have already passed similar bills. And nine other states are looking to make similar changes.