Philadelphia embraces a new nickname for 2020.

Philadelphia embraces a new nickname for 2020.

Story Jenny Willden

February, 2020

When William Penn settled our city in 1681, he named it after the Greek words philos, meaning “love,” and adelphos, meaning “brother”—making The City of Brotherly Love a literal translation of its name. But now, for one year only, Philadelphia has a new official moniker. The city council voted to re-nickname Philly “The City of Sisterly Love” for 2020 to honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, which gave women the right to vote. A full year of food, fitness, history, and wine events centered on sisterhood are planned to celebrate the centennial.

Here Philly street artist Amberella installs one of her signature “Goth Hearts,” complete with a sisterly love theme, at 2005 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown.

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