Pedestrian lights are the latest frontier for equality in one city.
A lobby group called the Committee for Melbourne is behind a push for the Australian city to have half of its pedestrian lights feature a female silhouette, as opposed to the usual male version.
But not everyone is happy. Even those aware that the lights won’t actually resemble an old timey Mary Poppins figure.
It’s all part of the Equal Crossings initiative, and its aim is to reduce unconscious bias and further gender equality in a public setting.
“Unconscious bias reinforces stereotypes and influences daily decisions and attitudes. The Equal Crossings initiative will draw our attention to these issues in a practical and positive way,” Committee for Melbourne’s CEO, Martine Letts, said in a statement. Read more…