Study Reveals Gender Dynamics of Professional Planning Practice

A new study published by the Journal of the American Planning Association details the gender dynamics of planning offices around the country, finding challenges with exclusive communication (i.e., shutting women out from workplace communication).

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March 12, 2020, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Marisa Turesky and Mildred E. Warner worked with the APA's Women and Planning Division to "assess whether planners’ perceptions regarding workplace culture and benefits differ by gender and organizational characteristics of the planning office" in the "Gender Dynamics in the Planning Workplace" study, published online this week by the Journal of the American Planning Association.

The result offers an account of workplace dynamics in planning offices. From the study's abstract:  

Our results indicate that gender respect, work–life benefits, and flexibility perception do not differ by gender. However, women are less likely to feel heard in their workplace (exclusive communication) or perceive equal opportunity. Workplaces with female management are more likely to show sensitivity to gender issues, support for flexible benefits, and equal opportunity for pay and advancement.

The study offers a few recommendations regarding management to address the problems revealed by the study.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in Journal Of The American Planning Association

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