The campaign spearheaded by Malia Knox and her mother Kelley emerged from a simple yet profound observation at Sherwood Arboretum Park. Malia questioned the lack of representation for accomplished women in the park’s commemorative plaques, sparking a movement to rectify this oversight.
In Malia’s words “Upon realising that only 3% of statues in Australia were of women and that there was a total of only 3 statues of women in Brisbane, I started the #FemaleFaces4PublicPlaces campaign. To try and right the imbalance I was seeing around me, I lodged a parliamentary ePetition, attracting just shy of 800 signatures.” (Source: Queensland Government)
In response to Malia’s initiative, the Hon Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women, announced the Queensland Government’s commitment to provide final funding for a statue honouring world-renowned geologist and NASA astrobiologist, Dr Abigail Allwood, at the Brisbane Planetarium.
Dr Allwood’s statue, crafted by artists Gillie and Marc Shattner from Statues for Equality, stands as a perpetual tribute to her achievements and an inspiration for future generations. The artwork now graces the entrance to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium at Mount Coot-tha, thanks to the support and collaboration of the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, and Women in Technology (WiT).
“The #FemaleFacesforPublicSpaces campaign, sponsored by SOCO reinforces the company’s commitment to fostering diversity and empowering women in technology. By supporting initiatives that celebrate achievements like Dr Abigail Allwood’s, we believe it’s a great reminder and inspiration for future generations to embrace and usher in meaningful change.”
– Simon Forth, SOCO CEO