As of now, Austria's national anthem pays homage not only to the country's great sons but also to its favored daughters.
Parliament on Wednesday voted to accept two text changes to the hymn. "Home you are to great sons" is being replaced by "Home to great daughters and sons," while "brother choirs" has been amended to "choirs of joy."
The change goes into effect Jan. 1. But the legislators got a foretaste, with a church choir singing the new version in the lower house of parliament right after the amendments were approved.