How These Australian-Born Actresses Are Speaking Out for Women Everywhere

New statistics released from the Australian government demonstrate that the country is moving in the right direction toward equal pay and equal job opportunities for women and men.

According to the Australian Government's Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the full-time average hourly earnings for women are only 13.9 percent less than men’s full-time average hourly earnings.

They also report that women comprise 46 percent of all employees in Australia.

But while the gender gap in the workplace as whole is close to possibly becoming equal, an in-depth look at the jobs women are holding shows that women are absent in leadership roles in Australia.

According to the Australian government's report, women hold 12 percent of chair positions, 23.7 percent of directorships, as well as represent 17.3 percent of CEOs and 26.1 percent of key management personnel in Agency reporting organizations.

Australian-native female celebrities are speaking out and taking action to change gender inequality in the workplace and beyondmm m around the globe.

Check out the gallery above to see what these Australian-born actresses are doing to change the status quo for women and why they should be role models to young girls around the world, as their messages are universal. 

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Rose Byrne | Actress Rose Byrne co-found an all-female production company called The Dollhouse Creative. According to Refinery 29, the company’s goal is to “explore the creative boundaries of film, television and theater” while maintaining relationships and advocating artistic collaborations. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Cate Blanchett | At the Oscars in 2014, actress Cate Blanchett called out Hollywood's sexist tendencies and told people that people really do what to see films with female leads. In her acceptance speech she said, "...and thank you to... those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films, with women at the center, are niche experiences. They are not -- audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people." Photo Credit: Getty Images

Rebel Wilson | Women who in Hollywood are often face harsh criticism about their appearance. Actress Rebel Wilson is putting her fame to use by showing that she loves her body and promoting that all women have a positive body image. "I don't think I'm very vain. Even though I'm on a TV show, I don't really care what I look like that much. And I think that women out there should just be happy with how they look and they shouldn't really try to conform to any stereotype. Just be happy and hopefully healthy." Photo Credit: Getty Images