Women’s March Foundation announces feminist street initiative to rename LA roads after trailblazing women – NBC Los Angeles
Biddy Mason and Dolores Huerta are considered trailblazers, and on Wednesday the Women’s March Foundation announced an effort to rename streets in Los Angeles in their honor, as well as renaming other roads nationwide to honor women. who paved the way for equality and recognition.
The Feminist Street Initiative aims to rename streets across the country after historic women. The effort follows the fifth anniversary of the nationwide Women’s March and comes days before the start of Women’s History Month in March.
The Women’s March Foundation is campaigning to have streets across the country named after Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem and Maya Angelou, among others. The effort will seek to rename streets in the Los Angeles area for Mason and Huerta.
Mason was one of the founders of the first African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles and was instrumental in establishing the first elementary school for black children in Los Angeles. Biddy Mason Park in downtown Los Angeles is named after him.
Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with Cesar Chavez, co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became United Farm Workers.
According to the Women’s March Foundation, there are 240 million streets in the United States, and 5,000 of them are named after George Washington. More than three quarters of the streets are named after men. The initiative aims to make visible the names of women in art, work and social justice organizers, and focuses on uplifting women who have helped build and shape community.
“COVID has forced us off the streets, but this initiative will help preserve our legacy for time immemorial,” Women’s March Foundation founder and executive director Emiliana Guereca said in a statement. “Women have made history in meaningful ways, but we have been rendered invisible at every turn. The Feminist Street Initiative aims to change that and ensure that the women who have most shaped the world we live in get the recognition they deserve.
The Feminist Street Initiative plans in the coming weeks and months to submit formal requests for street name changes in the various cities. More information about the initiative is available at womensmarchfoundation.org/feminist-street-initiative.