Considering the number of NYC landmarks and monuments that are named after men, it’s glaringly obvious that it’s still very much a man’s world in the Big Apple. Thankfully, a creative new subway map featuring some of NYC’s most talented and influential women is out to give the city’s female population some long overdue credit. Recently featured by 6sqft, “Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas” is an upcoming book by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro that includes an elaborate NYC subway map highlighting “some of the great and significant women of New York City” such as Maria Callas, Ruby Dee, Mae West, Billie Jean King, and many more.
Like most cities, NYC’s most recognizable landmarks such as Astor Place, Washington Square, Rockefeller Center, Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, and Bryant Park are named after famous men in history. But the city’s great females, who have had an equally strong impact on the city, have not been represented or commemorated in nearly the same way.
Now, thanks to the authors’ new map, New Yorkers will hopefully be more aware than ever about the profound influence of the thousands of talented and powerful women who were born in the city. Most of the women chosen to be featured on the map have played a major part in shaping New York City’s past and present, including 17th century Quaker preacher Hannah Feake Bowne three of the four female Supreme Court justices, and the Guerrilla Girls, who formed in NYC in 1985. The map, which according to the author is both a memorial and a celebration, pinpoints where these women “lived, worked, competed, went to school, danced, painted, wrote, rebelled, organized, philosophized, taught, and made names for themselves.”
Images via “Nonstop Metropolis” by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro