Althea Gibson, Tennis Star Ahead of Her Time, Gets Her Due at Last – the U.S. Open unveils a new statue of Gibson, who achieved many firsts for African-Americans in tennis. Althea is the 181st Street stop on the A train. #changingthemaps
Washington Heights Intersection Named For Assassinated Mirabal Sisters: The corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 168th Street is now named after the Mirabals, who were known as Las Mariposas (the butterflies).
Brooklyn will get 407-acre state park dedicated to Shirley Chisholm, the first black Congresswoman elected in 1969 to represent the city’s 12th district. On the City of Women map, Chisholm is the Myrtle-Willoughby Avenues stop on the G.
Don’t hate her. She’s just the (subway) messenger. Haley Dragoo, 26, was hired in November by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to handle the social media alerts the agency sends out warning of delays and other problems. Includes a pretty cool shot of the MTA nerve center.
The New York Woman | Quad Cinema retrospective Co-starring with leading ladies down through the years, the ever-versatile New York City has played itself onscreen as everything from a nurturing parent to a fickle mate to a bohemian relative. Gotham has long been both a filmmaking hot spot and an imagination-capturing setting; the bustling masses, fizzy nightlife, mean streets, and self-mythologizing chutzpah were exported by Hollywood to enter global consciousness. The female protagonist’s experience of the Big Apple, with its seemingly endless possibilities, has been brought to the screen as screwball comedy, musical, coming-of-age drama, horror movie, thriller, and much more besides. With our biggest retrospective yet, we’re spanning nearly a century of cinema history and all five boroughs to gather together these diverse female-driven stories of ambition, romance, rebellion, and risk: portraits of shopgirls, party girls, working girls, funny girls, unmarried women, society dames, mad housewives, and ladies about town trying to make it big or simply get by in a city of glass towers and glass ceilings.
Where are all the women? An advisory panel has been launched in New York to commission public artworks and monuments in celebration of female change-makers [via The Guardian].