Celebrating women of Chicago's past and present

The Women's L Project Map

It appears to be a standard Chicago L map but look closely and you'll see that it's quite different.

Stops are renamed for women.

There are activists and artists, scientists and social reformers, physicians, educators and more.

Some of the women are well-known. All should be.

Meet the Women

Did you know?

The first female detective in the world got her start in Chicago.

A Chicago women founded the world's most influential literary magazine of the 1920's.

The Mother of Environmental Justice was from Chicago.

The Women's L Project honors 141 Chicago women of influence, creativity and courage.

More than just a map

The stories of the women of this project are inspirational.

How might you connect with them and continue the work they began?

Check out our blog to find out more!

The Women's L Project Blog

"What the gods have given us we are under obligation to share with humanity, with the world."

Marion Mahony Griffin, architect

"The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum."

Frances Willard, reformer and suffragist

“Reading is important - read between the lines. Don't swallow everything.”

Gwendolyn Brooks, poet