Emma Watson and Reni Eddo-Lodge to create alternative London Tube map with stops named after iconic females – Evening Standard
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London’s Tube map is set to be reimagined by Harry Potter star Emma Watson and author of Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race Reni Eddo-Lodge.
The pair will join forces with Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, the minds who reimagined New York City’s subway system, naming the stops after prominent female figures.
Watson, Eddo-Lodge, Solnit and Jelly-Schapiro will apply the same notion to London’s Tube network, renaming stops after women, non-binary people and female groups.
“How does it impact our imaginations that so many places in so many cities are named after men and so few after women? What kind of landscape do we move through when streets and parks and statues and bridges are gendered … and it’s usually one gender, and not another? What kind of silence arises in places that so seldom speak of and to women?,” Solnit said after the New York City map went viral.
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“This map was made to sing the praises of the extraordinary women who have, since the beginning, been shapers and heroes of this city that has always been, secretly, a City of Women. And why not the subway? This is a history still emerging from underground, a reminder that it’s all connected, and that we get around.”
The map was included in the book Nonstop Metropolis and later made into an iconic poster.
Solnit and Jelly-Schapiro now want to do the same thing for London, renaming stops after women who ‘have made and continue to make the city’.
The pair also want your help – and are asking for people to fill in this Google Doc with suggestions, nominating names for them to consider.
The New York City map includes names like Yoko Ono, Jacqueline Onassis, Greta Garbo, Bette Midler and Nora Ephron.
Perhaps, instead of Camden we can have Amy Winehouse? Westminster can be swapped to Margaret Thatcher and Queen’s Park could now be known as Zadie Smith. Think about the women who have made an impact on London and nominate your suggestion here.