Spain Is Renaming Its Streets After Powerful Women


Cities around Spain are renaming its roads after women, responding to protests that say about 90 percent of streets are named after men, many of whom are regarded historically as fascist leaders.

According to The Huffington Post, many of the country’s streets have or will be named after Spanish women targeted during Francisco Franco’s totalitarian regime, including activists, revolutionaries, and civil rights fighters, such as Soledad Cazorla, the first public prosecutor to specialize in gender violence.

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Others cities will follow suit, honoring women of great brilliance, not just from Spain, but from around the world. For instance, in the city of Léon, where official street names are decided by popular vote, a number of possible names included American civil rights activist Rosa Parks, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and English novelist Jane Austen, among many others.

Read more on this over at Quartz.