Why is it important to have equal gender representation at pedestrian lights?

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How goes a candidate get Green Girl accredited?

Candidates in the City of Yarra 2020 election were invited to agree to the GreenGirlpledge, which is to:
  1. Sign and share the GoGreenGirl petition <hyperlink>
  2. Achieve a 50/50 split of dress/pants pedestrian lights in City of Yarra by the end of your four-year term
  3. Advocate to VicRoads and the Victorian Government to achieve a 50/50 dress/pants split in pedestrian light crossings across Victoria

Isn’t this a waste of taxpayers’ money?

No, because:

  • it’s really important
  • anyway, it won’t cost much taxpayer’s money because (1) we are advocating for a gradual and cost-neutral rollout across Vic and (2) we will be crowdfunding and seeing sponsorship

Who is behind this campaign?

Imogen, her mum Kat, and family and friends!

Is this campaign entrenching gender stereotypes by assuming that girls and women wear dresses, and boys and men wear pants?

Currently, the universal symbols for man and woman are a figure with pants for a man, and a figure with a dress for a woman. When we see a ‘neutral’ figure with no dress, we tend to automatically assume it’s a man. This is why the figure at the pedestrian lights is known by most as the ‘green man’. 

What we really want to see is a conversation shift, where we do not make this automatic assumptions about gender, based on what someone is wearing. Wouldn’t it be great if we simply talked about the ‘green person’ at traffic lights – regardless of whether they were wearing a dress or pants? 

I identify as a non-binary person. Does this campaign include me?

Pants are for all genders, and dresses are for all genders. One person might see a ‘green girl’, but another might simply see a person in a dress. This campaign embraces all genders – skirts, pants, dresses or all of the above!