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Feedback at 5:00: Gender Neutral Language

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About half of all U.S. states have changed the language in state laws to make them gender neutral.

That's because many of them were written more than a century ago, when the idea of women working in certain roles was not a consideration.

In Washington state, they are editing through thousands of words and phrases.

One example is changing the word "dairymen" to "dairy farmers."

A second is referring to "firemen" as "firefighters."

"Freshman" will be called "first-year students," and even "penmanship" could be replaced by "handwriting."

For tonight's "Feedback at 5:00," we want to know what you think of gender neutral language.