The Government will change the name of the Madrid station from Puerta de Atocha to Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes as part of a plan that plans to start before the end of the year to include the names of women in the main train stations in the country.
This was announced by the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, during her participation in an informative meeting organized by Europa Press, a few months after the name of Chamartín (Madrid) was also changed to Chamartín-Clara Campoamor.
Puerta de Atocha Station will be called Puerta de Atocha Almudena Grandes Station.
Throughout this year we are going to name the main stations of our network after a woman. We deserve a Spain that recognizes its women. pic.twitter.com/HUHugiCdts
– Raquel Sánchez (@raquelsjimenez) March 3, 2022
“It is about making the Government’s commitment to gender equality visible. We will assign women’s names to the main stations in the country, in a gesture full of symbolism to remember the names of women that history has made invisible on many occasions,” he advanced.
Almudena Grandes passed away on November 27, at the age of 61 old. Born in Madrid in 1960, Grandes became known in 1989 thanks to ‘The Ages of Lulú’, a work that won the Vertical Smile Award, at the Tusquets publishing house, and which was even adapted to the cinema by Bigas Luna. In addition, Ella Grandes was patron of honor of the Film Academy Foundation.
His novels ‘I’ll call you Friday’, ‘Malena is a name of tango’, ‘Attas of human geography’, ‘The difficult airs’, ‘Cardboard Castles’, ‘The frozen heart’ and ‘The kisses in the bread’, along with the short story volumes ‘Models of Women’ and ‘Way Stations’, made her a one of the most consolidated names with the greatest international projection in contemporary Spanish literature.
In addition, many of them have been brought to the big screen. In 2010, he published ‘Inés y la alegría’which won the Madrid Critics Award, the Elena Poniatowska Ibero-American Novel Award and the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Award), the first title in the series Episodes of an Interminable War.
This publication was followed by ‘The Jules Verne Reader’ (2012), ‘The Three Weddings of Manolita’ (2014), ‘The Patients of Doctor García’ (2017; National Narrative Award) or ‘The Mother of Frankenstein’ (2020 ), among other.