A Madrid mural celebrating several prominent women has been saved from erasure after critics wanted to have it removed, arguing it had a “political message”, Reuters reports. Critics said the women were all left sympathizers and it was decided that the mural should be replaced by one celebrating male and female Paralympians.
However, actions by locals made politicians change their minds despite saying they do not like the mural. As Madrid deputy mayor Begoña Villacís was quoted:
“Our politics is about doing things, not erasing things.” She questioned why the mural only featured women from the political left instead of including figures such as the late UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The mural is 60 meter long and was painted 2018 on a sports centre in the Ciudad Lineal area in Madrid. It features a number of women including civil-rights leader Rosa Parks and painter Frida Kahlo.