The sports teams at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada have been known as the Wesmen for several decades. Recently the university has been considering renaming the team to something more gender neutral.
Many other Canadian universities have changed the names of their sports teams in the past to be more gender-neutral, such as the University of Alberta changing its women’s teams to Pandas and the University of Waterloo switching from “Warriors” to “Athenas” for its women’s teams.
York University also changed their team name from “Yeoman” to Lions in 2003 in order to become more female inclusive.
However, some are opposed to the renaming because the name is an important part of the school’s history. A Facebook group called “Save the Wesmen” was created on Wednesday and had about 400 supporters less than 24 hours later.