Names given to roads, streets, buildings, parks, neighbourhoods, metro stations and other component of the public space are often the opportunity to celebrate and honour a person from the past. These past few years, studies have shown that the percentage of women names in our cities was very low. As a result, several cities have demonstrated their decision to name more streets, avenues and places after women.
With this section, I have the opportunity to have a look at cities around the world, where it is a common way to name public spaces after people from the past. I will analyse women’s place in our public spaces, whether they are celebrated, forgotten or left aside to leave room for masculine historical figures.