N.H. House passes bill to allow gender-neutral titles for town boards

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The New Hampshire House has passed a bill that would allow the use of words such as selectwoman and selectperson to refer to town officials, instead of the traditional selectman.

There was some grumbling by traditionalists who argued that the term selectman has been in use for 400 years. That prompted one female lawmaker to ask her colleagues if they’d be willing to support an amendment that would require everyone to be called selectwomen for the next four centuries.

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