#GoodRead | City of Women

by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

"City of Women":

…names perpetuate the gendering of New York City. Almost every city is full of men’s names, names that are markers of who wielded power, who made history, who held fortunes, who was remembered; women are anonymous people who changed fathers’ names for husbands’ as they married, who lived in private and were comparatively forgot­ten, with few exceptions. This naming stretches across the continent; the peaks of many Western mountains have names that make the ranges sound like the board of directors of an old corporation, and very little has been named for particular historical women, though Maryland was named after a Queen Mary who never got there.

Read Rebecca Solnit's full article at The New Yorker here…