Gender

View from back of two women in winter clothing walking down street in European city.

Shifting the Male Perspective on City Planning

Urban spaces and transportation system are largely designed and managed by men, but cities are starting to recognize the unique challenges women and children face.

April 3, 2024 - Forbes

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NHTSA to Introduce New Female Crash Test Dummy

Modern crash test dummies have advanced features that account for different body types and genders, but government regulators have been slow to adopt the technology.

March 22, 2024 - ABC 7 Chicago

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Turning a Gendered Lens on Transportation

People of different genders, ages, and abilities experience transportation differently. But policies aren’t designed that way.

October 23, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Improving Gender Equality with Urban Planning

“It's a man's world” is not just a saying. As much as we are surrounded by societal structures that contribute to gender discrimination, we are often also surrounded by physical infrastructure that is just as limiting.

April 10, 2023 - Devin Partida

Protest Crowd

Breaking the Bias on Public Transport

How gender-sensitive data collection can make public transit safer for women.

October 20, 2022 - Louise Ribet

Nighttime view of subway station in Vienna, Austria

How a Feminist Perspective Can Make Cities Better for Everyone

An argument for embedding a feminist analysis into planning practice.

March 24, 2022 - Post Carbon Institute

Woman on Transit

A Detailed Look at Women's Urban Experiences

In Feminist City, geographer Leslie Kern describes the often invisible ways in which cities are unwelcome to women. It's an essential look at the urban gender divide, and it passionately calls for gender equity in the planning profession.

August 18, 2020 - California Planning & Development Report

City Planners

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).

March 12, 2020 - Journal Of The American Planning Association

Woman on Transit

The Case for Gender Mainstreaming in Transportation Planning

Like the curb cut effect achieved by the Americans With Disabilities Act, which benefitted a much larger cross-section of the population than the legislation originally intended, gender mainstreaming could multiply benefits in the public realm.

October 14, 2019 - MinnPost

Minneapolis Bike Lanes

Even With Higher Cycling Rates in the Twin Cities, Gender Gap Persists

Twice as many men as women commute by bike in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and the likely reasons are varied.

June 17, 2019 - MinnPost

OC Transpo Ottowa

Gender, Climate Change, and Transit Decision Makers

A member of Ottawa’s city council says transit commissioners should support women’s rights and believe that climate change is real.

February 19, 2019 - Ottawa Citizen

New York City Subway Platform

Transportation’s 'Pink Tax' Is a Cost Burden on Women

When women don’t feel safe using transit, they use other modes and end up paying the price.

November 13, 2018 - Wired

Woman in Bike Lane, Toronto, Canada

Survey: Women Opt for Safer Bike Infrastructure

Most cyclists would rather ride apart from vehicle traffic, but that preference is especially pronounced among women.

September 16, 2018 - Streetsblog USA

Woman Computer

Op-Ed: Pay Equity in Architecture Is Just a Math Problem

Unlike other measures of value, writes Jeanne Gang, pay is a number. And that should make it easy for architecture firms to address any existing wage gaps.

July 26, 2018 - Fast Company

Chicago Transit

Does Planning Around Commutes Overvalue Men's Needs?

A UK blogger argues that transportation infrastructure planning is informed too heavily by the kinds of trips men tend to make.

July 26, 2016 - Streetsblog USA

405 Traffic

Women Spend More Time in Traffic Than Men

On average, women spend longer in traffic than men—perhaps because of the gendered division of labor that still exists in many households.

May 31, 2016 - Pacific Standard

Gender Neutral Bathroom

Gender Neutral Bathrooms Designs Respond to Controversial North Carolina Law

While the Justice Department and North Carolina duke it out over proper access to bathrooms, many places, including the White House, have designed gender-neutral bathrooms that address many of the problems associated with sex-segregated bathrooms.

May 12, 2016 - The New York Times

Is BBC's Architecture Mini-Series Biased Against Women?

The BBC is in hot water over alleged gender bias in its mini-series "The Brits Who Built the Modern World."

March 9, 2014 - Architects' Journal

Could Legos Alleviate Architecture's Gender Imbalance?

With women accounting for only 20% of registered architects in Britain and 8% of professional engineers, the incoming president of the Royal Academy of Engineering has a compelling idea to encourage more women to enter the fields: give girls legos.

January 13, 2014 - The Guardian

Separated Bike Lanes Will Get More Women on Bikes

Proportionally more women bike on New York City streets with protected bike lanes than not at all, and turning a painted lane into a protected one caused female ridership to soar.

July 18, 2011 - Streetsblog

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