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Female traffic lights spark backlash in Australia

MELBOURNE: Pedestrian traffic lights showing female figures rather than male have been installed in Melbourne to reduce "unconscious bias" and promote gender equality, officials said on International Women's Day Wednesday. Ten stop/go lights depicting a figure in a dress were switched on at one of the city's busiest intersections, though some questioned the point of the 12-month trial. Some Australians are complaining that it's backward and discriminatory to assume the conventional figure in pants is male and the new…