A guerrilla project in Paris saw a feminist group change various street names of men to famous women, like singer Nina Simone or sailor Florence Arthaud. This encouraged Runa Sankaranarayanan and her colleagues at Mapbox to create an analysis of 'Mapping Female versus Male Street Names,' in seven major cities.
The resulting interactive map chart showed that there are far more streets named after men that are in centrally located parts of cities. The program also displayed the data visually, with streets named after men in blue, and women in red. Although many people may see the project as insignificant, street names play a large role in retelling the history of a city and its values in the past.
The project wants to shed light on the gender imbalances in the world, most of which we don't even notice.
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