Legislation that seeks to reduce sexism in the Michigan State Police is moving to the state house after passing through the Senate this week.

The bill, introduced by Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, is aimed to remove the term “policewoman” as an official term.  She says that the term dates back to when women were only allowed to work with juveniles and as detectives, and also allowed for women to be paid less than men.

Schuitmaker also says that “it brings fairness to both men and women that serve our public as state police troopers.”