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Two Designers Recreated the New York City Subway Map to Make a "City of Women"

Two Designers Recreated the New York City Subway Map to Make a "City of Women"

"Walking down the city streets, young women get harassed in ways that tell them that this is not their world, their city, their street... He's someone; you're no one," Rebecca Solnit began in her essay for The New Yorker in October.

And in many cases, specifically in New York City, this holds very true. Even in the street signs whose "names perpetuate the gendering" of the so-called Big Apple.

Because in this city, as in many, "women are anonymous people who changed fathers’ names for husbands’ as they married."

In fact, of the statues in all five boroughs — Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island — there are only five statues and memorials dedicated to heroic and historic real women — Joan of Arc, Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Har­riet Tubman.

Despite the fact that the city's biggest and most iconic Statue of Liberty is a woman who welcomes and bids farewell to all who come and go, the street names, buildings, and bridges do not reflect the women of our past or present.

At least until now. Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro created a "City of Women" map of the New York subway system, which reflects the names of prominent women of our world then and now.

The map features MAKERS like Alicia KeysSerena WilliamsRuth Bader GinsburgJoan Rivers, and more. Their transit creation will appear in "Nonstop Metropolis," coming soon.

In the meantime, check it out in The New Yorker.

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