New Street Names Acknowledge Pioneering Basel Women

The Basel Justice and Security Department has recently named nine streets and places in the Dreispitz area after women who over the last 2,000 years have played pioneering roles in Basel. They are all located around the Iris von Roten-Platz, which is named after a feminist pioneer; its name was announced last year, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Swiss women’s right to vote.

The newly named locations honor the following women:

Overall, only 19 streets and places in Basel have been named after women to date, compared with 110 locations named after men—so there is still a ways to go to achieve equality!