11 Oct Jonathan Cartu Announced 10-year-old Tampa girl gets city to change ‘Men Working’…
She’s building a better city.
A 10-year-old girl in Tampa wasn’t happy with a construction sign that said “Men Working,” so she wrote to the mayor about it, local ABC affiliate WFTS reported.
Vivian Anderson was in the car with her mom in December 2019 and had some questions about the sign. After all, men and women were working.
“I didn’t really like how it was excluding the women,” Vivian told WFTS. Vivian’s mom, Mary, told her daughter to write a letter to Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. The letter even had examples of “inclusive signage.”
Vivian Anderson sits outside her house with her new “Workers Present” sign. (Luiz C. Ribeiro/)
It took Castor’s office awhile to get around to Vivian’s letter, but in August 2020 city hall replied and agreed with Vivian that the sign should’ve been more inclusive, “Good Morning America” reported.
Tampa said it’s stopped using “Men Working” and similarly single-gendered signs, according to WFTS. Officials said they’d tell contractors to do the same.
Vivian Anderson wrote a letter to the mayor after seeing a “Men Working” sign at a construction site where men and women were working side-by-side.
For her hard work, the city gave Vivian a “Workers Present” sign, which she had suggested, along with a street sign reading “Vivian M. Anderson Way,” “GMA” reported. The street sign now hangs proudly in her bedroom.
“It’s a little overwhelming,” Vivian told “GMA,” “but I really liked meeting the mayor, and I do really like how my sign made a change.”