A group of Canadian women — including former prime minister Kim Campbell and author Margaret Atwood — wants to change the national anthem to make it more gender neutral.
The group, which runs the website RestoreOurAnthem.ca, wants to change the line, "In all thy sons command" to "in all of us command." They say it's very close to the original version of the anthem, which was "in all thou dost command."
The lyrics of Robert Stanley Weir's original English lyrics were changed in 1913. A change to "in all of us command" would "reflect Weir's original, inclusive intentions," the group says.
"The words 'all thy sons command' in the English national anthem suggests that only male loyalty is being invoked," Atwood said in a release.
"Restoring these lyrics to gender-neutral is not only an easy fix to make our anthem inclusive for all Canadians, but it's also long overdue."
On the website, the group disagrees with the view the word "sons" is inclusive of everyone like the word "mankind."
"We have a feeling if the word was 'daughters' it would be taken literally. At the end of the day, we are hoping to amend two words of our anthem to paint the picture of a national who views all genders as equals," the website says.
The group adds the change reflects previous recommendations in 1986 and 2002 to update the anthem.
Other Canadian women who have pledged their support for the change include Sen. Nancy Ruth, retired senator Dr. Vivienne Poy and Sally Goddard, mother of Nichola Goddard, the first female Canadian soldier killed in combat.