July 11, 2008

Sign of the times

Well, ladies, Hillary may not have become the first female candidate for President from either of the major parties, but that doesn't mean there aren't other, uh, important victories for feminism happening:

In the battle of the sexes, women's magazine editor Cynthia Good said this was a skirmish she had to fight.

Across Atlanta they stood, orange signs with black letters that read "Men At Work" or "Men Working Ahead."

Sometimes, the signs stood next to women working alongside the men.

Good demanded Atlanta officials remove the signs and last week, Atlanta Public Works Commissioner Joe Basista agreed.

Score one for gender equality, Good said Wednesday.

"They get it," Good said about the city in a telephone interview.

Public Works officials are replacing 50 "Men Working" with signs that say "Workers Ahead." It will cost $22 to cover over some of the old signs and $144 to buy new signs, said Public Works spokeswoman Valerie Bell-Smith said.

If there's a glass ceiling for road crews, consider it shattered, sisters!

Good, founding editor of Atlanta-based PINK Magazine, a publication that focuses on professional women, said she's not stopping with Atlanta.

Of course not.

"We're calling on the rest of the nation to follow suit and make a statement that we will not accept these subtle forms of discrimination," said Good, 48.

Because, hey, what a super pressing issue for our country.

If you click on the link, you'll see that Good got the ball rolling by vandalizing the signs by spray painting the letters "WO" in front of the offending words. There's nothing about whether or not she was prosecuted for that, but since the city caved, I'm guessing she wasn't.  What a surprise.

By the way, members of the 1980s One-Hit-Wonder band Men At Work were not available for comment.  Mainly because nobody knows where the hell to find them.

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