Making room for women on crosswalk signs

May 1, 2008 8:17:01 AM PDT
Gender-conscious Sweden plans to make room for women on its crosswalk signs.

The government has ordered the National Road Administration to design a female alternative to the walking-man signs found at pedestrian crossings.

A government spokesman says the order will provide more gender balance.

The government was inspired by a campaign in one town to put up a walking woman sign created by a local artist.

Unwilling to give the town (Mariestad) an exemption from the national standards on road signs, the government instead decided to introduce the new sign nationwide.

They're expected to go up next year.