Tuesday, November 03, 2015

The Sexist Streets of San Francisco

It turns out that even the streets we walk on everyday are sexist.

Mapbox has analysed the number of street names named after men and women throughout the world and determined that far more streets are named after men than women.

To reinforce the point Mapbox has created an interactive map showing the distribution of male and female street names in major cities across the world. On the map all the male street names are colored blue and all the female street names are colored pink (it seems that even Mapbox's super computers aren't above a little gender stereotyping).

It turns out that there is a far higher proportion of blue streets than pink streets throughout the world. According to Mapping Female versus Male Street Names if you add up all the streets in Bengaluru, Chennai, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, Paris, and San Francisco only 27.5% are named after women.

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