Australia Town Pays $14K to Change Sexist Traffic Lights

In an effort to fight "unconscious bias" and "stereotypes" in Melbourne, ten skirt-clad traffic icons were being installed on Tuesday, the day before International Women's Day.

Several traditional crosswalk signals in Melbourne, Australia will soon be replaced with the female figure usually displayed on the outside of public bathrooms.

'The aim is to move towards one-to-one male and female representation across the state of Victoria'.

Also, while it reportedly doesn't cost the taxpayers any money because a electrical company is sponsoring the project, many Australians feel the money could be better spent elsewhere.

Martine Letts, the CEO of the committee, speaking to ABC said, "The idea is to install traffic lights with female representation, as well as male representation, to help reduce unconscious bias".

The move comes exactly a year after the Yarra district in Melbourne paid tribute to the city's' first female councillor, Mary Rogers, by placing her silhouette in a pedestrian crossing.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle told the Herald Sun: "I'm all for doing anything we can for gender equity, but really?"

'Unfortunately, I think this sort of costly exercise is more likely to bring derision'.

More than one user remarked that assuming the gender of the little green person crossing the street based on his attire was, in fact, very heteronormative.

Organisers hope the city's pedestrian crossings will ultimately depict men and women in equal numbers.

A spokeswoman for the committee said, for the the trial to be extended beyond 12 months, "the risk assessment would have to be positive and we would need a legislative change via VicRoads".

Several European cities feature women guides, crossings in New Zealand show a women's voting rights campaigner.

Melbournians can expect to see the new green ladies from Tuesday onwards.

  • Rogelio Becker