Thursday, September 21, 2017

Calle del Calle

In December 2016, only 5% of Spain's streets were named after women. Of that percentage, most were saints or religious figures.

The earliest post-Franco governments had moved to change that, but Spanish bureaucracy is glacial, and it has taken almost 40 years for municipal governments to begin the rededication of public spaces.

Spanish cities such as Bilbao, Oviedo and Càdiz have embarked on a project to rename 80% of their streets equally after men and women involved in civil rights activism, science and art.

Women of international distinction include Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo and Jane Austen. Perhaps one day Sophie Calle's name will be called upon.

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