Why this Australian couple want more statues of women in our cities

With less than five per cent of statues in major cities representing females, this Australian couple is looking to balance gender representation in public art while honouring women’s contributions to society.

Their famed portraits of a dog-headed man and a rabbit-headed woman put artists Gillie and Marc Schattner on the international art scene, but their latest project will keep them there. 

The Sydney couple yesterday unveiled 10 bronze statues of influential women in New York City to mark the country's Women's Equality Day.

It's an idea which stemmed from their bustling art gallery in the Sydney inner-city suburb of Alexandria.

Gillie and Marc Schattner have created some of the world's most innovative public sculptures.

But, after time, they noticed most of their statues were of males. 

The Sydney couple has unveiled 10 bronze female statues in New York. Statues For Equality / Instagram

“We thought it was very strange," Mrs Schattner told SBS News.

"When we did research we found in Sydney only four per cent of statues were of females, New York had three per cent, and London three per cent.

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