The guardian has a nice post on how Germany wants to make its language more gender neutral.
They write that
"Predictions vary: one suggestion is that Angela Merkel will eventually no longer be die Bundeskanzlerin but a neutral das Bundeskanzler, as she would be in English. Others believe that the feminine gender, already the most common fallback form used by non-native speakers, will become the default article: a policeman would no longer be der Polizist but die Polizist."
I can't see my fellow Austrians saying die Polizist. But on a positive note:
Austria changed the words of the National Anthem, so now we not only are the country that is the home of great sons but the home of great sons and daughters...