A petition on Georgia Tech's website calls for eliminating the word "cheer" from the school fight song because it doesn't reflect the accomplishments of women. The petition is supported by six deans on the Atlanta campus (video below).
The song, “Ramblin’ Wreck From Georgia Tech,” was written in 1908 and includes the lyrics: “Oh! If I had a daughter, sir, I'd dress her in White and Gold / And put her on the campus to cheer the brave and bold."
The petition states, "These lyrics do not reflect the significant achievements of women at Georgia Tech, who make up a growing fraction of students and faculty alike."
The petition calls for changing the lyrics to: "Oh! If I had a daughter, sir, I'd dress her in White and Gold / And put her on the campus to join the brave and bold.”
The petition has over 1,600 supporters, however, a counter-petition on Change.org, to keep the original lyrics, drew over 2,500 supporters.
The Georgia Tech Student Government Association posted its poll about the fight song on Facebook on Oct. 20, and 71 percent supported keeping the song, including over 60 percent of women.
According to WSBTV, Georgia Tech officials said in a statement, "There are no plans to change the fight song at this time.”