A bronze statue of women’s rights advocate Zelda D’Aprano was recently revealed in Melbourne, a significant event considering less than 4% of statues in Australia portray women. Only 10 out of Melbourne’s 582 statues represent female historical figures.
To help address this imbalance, Melbourne has pledged to erect three new statues of significant Victorian women.
Over 1000 submissions for potential nominees have been received.
Vida Goldstein, the first woman to nominate for a national parliament in the Western world, should absolutely be on that shortlist is Vida Goldstein.
Statues reflect a society’s value of its women and men, and without female representation, society is given an incomplete and skewed version of history.
Celebrating women like Goldstein through statues can remind us that the fight for equality is not over.