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Berkeley to remove all gender-specific words like "manhole" from the city code



The city of Berkeley, California, will no longer use gender-specific words such as "manhole" in city law.

The city council of Berkeley decided on Tuesday evening the first reading of a decree to reform of city law involving only gender-neutral language.

The updated list of changes contains more than 20 terms. "Male" and "female" are replaced by "people of different sex", while words such as "workforce" are referred to as "human effort" or "workforce". The word "manhole" is replaced by "maintenance hole".

All references to gender pronouns such as "he" or "she" are referred to as "she."

Councilor Rigel Robinson initiated the motion to include gender-neutral terms in the city code.

"It's Berkeley to be Berkeley, and what that means is that Berkeley is inclusive," Robinson told NBC News. "A male-centered city government does not reflect the reality of the city of Berkeley."

The changes cost the city $ 600.

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