07 January 2019
FEARLESS GIRL to take a stand for equality in Australia
Maurice Blackburn and partners industry super funds HESTA and Cbus bring iconic statue to Australia in the fight for equality and diversity.
February 2019: She faced off against the Charging Bull on Wall Street and Fearless Girl is now coming to Australia to stand tall in Melbourne’s CBD as a globally recognised symbol of the fight for gender equality.
Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8th March, Fearless Girl will take her place in Federation Square, making Melbourne the first city in the southern hemisphere to house the iconic statue.
Maurice Blackburn CEO Jacob Varghese said Fearless Girl will serve as a powerful reminder that Australia still has a long way to go in the fight for gender equality.
“We are proud to be bringing Fearless Girl to Australia, globally she has served as an inspiring force for change to deliver equality,” Mr Varghese said.
“Fearless Girl will be a reminder to Australian workplaces that we must keep up the fight for gender equality – delivering equality changes our workplaces for the better and we must act on this now for future generations of women, including by tackling entrenched pay gaps, increasing the number of women in leadership positions and providing flexible work environments.”
HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said Fearless Girl is a celebration of the spirit of women who have inspired and lead change and of the enormous potential still to be realised from achieving genuine equality.
“Having the iconic Fearless Girl in Australia is a wonderful permanent reminder of the daring and courageous pursuit of change that’s needed if we’re to achieve equality and equal pay for the women of Australia now and for generations to come,” Ms Blakey said.
Cbus CEO David Atkin said he hopes Australia’s boardrooms embrace Fearless Girl’s daring and confident spirit.
“While standing silent, and at just a little taller than a metre, Fearless Girl’s call for change has been heard right across the world.
“With all eyes on corporate Australia at the moment, it is the perfect time for her voice to be finding a permanent home in Australia,” Mr Atkin said.
The Fearless Girl statue is one of just three in the world with the iconic statue also in Olso, as well as New York’s Bowling Green.
HESTA is a $47 billion industry super fund dedicated to health and community services. More than 80% of their over 860,000 members are women. HESTA is a tireless advocate for gender equality and to close the gender pay gap. HESTA was the first major Australian superannuation fund to publically commit to voting against the re-appointment of directors at companies with all male boards. HESTA also directly engages with ASX 200 companies seeking they set numerical targets with timeframes for women in senior leadership. HESTA is recognised as a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.
Cbus is Australia’s leading building and construction industry super fund with more than 780,000 members and over $48 billion in funds under management (as at 30 September 2018). Our members include workers and retirees, their families and employers. As a significant investor in the Australian economy Cbus is a strong advocate of corporate responsibility and a leader in responsible investment. Cbus has been recognized as a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.
About Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is Australia’s leading social justice law firm and is committed to the unwavering belief that the law should serve everyone, not just those who can afford it. Maurice Blackburn remains deeply committed to promoting gender equality within the broader Australian community as well as within the firm, including announcing in 2018 that in its Board would be made up of more than 50 per cent female representation in what is believed to be an Australian-first for a national law firm.
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