Here's another sign of our nation's ever-evolving attitude towards the English language: this item in the local newspaper:
The authors of the state constitution didn't anticipate Beverly Perdue.
In laying out the role of governor in North Carolina, Article III of the constitution describes the job soon to be assumed by the state's first female governor using the male pronoun "he" or "his" 25 times.
Gerry Cohen, the longtime director of legislative bill drafting, says a state statute covers the constitution's pronoun problem.
G.S. 12-3 notes that "every word importing the masculine gender only shall... be applied to females as well as to males, unless the context clearly shows to the contrary."