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Even with recent gains in female representation in fields like architecture and city government, the fact remains that the city, as we know it today, has been designed and shaped primarily by men.  

By bringing women’s voices to the forefront of the urban discussion, the Women Led Cities Initiative aims to achieve a greater level of equity in urban planning and design - both bottom-up and top-down - and start conversations about developing feminist city policy towards greater equality for all people in cities. 

To start the conversation, the Women Led Cities Initiative will host a series of working conferences for women of all urban fields to come together and share ideas, tactics, and a unified vision towards the women-led city. Each event in the series will focus on a different urban issue or city and bring together women from urban planning and public policy, to arts and social science, to create an actionable strategic plan.

 

Our process

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Communication

Our motto is "speak up!" because quite simply raising awareness of a problem can be half the battle. We are half the species, and we need to work together to get it done.

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Collaboration

Until now no centralized gathering of women working in a wide range of urbanist fields has happened. Together we will take a holistic look at our cities and how to make them livable for all.

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Co-creation

Through these workshops, we will unpack the barriers to closing the gender gap and provide materials and guides to the public to improve representation in key areas and ways to create equitable cities.


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Who we are

Philadelphia is a city of firsts, known as the "city of brotherly love and sisterly affection". Philly is also the home to a number of diverse women working to improve the city from top-down to bottom-up. We think that makes it the perfect urban laboratory for a women-led initiative.  

 
“WE STILL LIVE IN SEXIST AND PATRIARCHAL CITIES [...] BUT RIGHT NOW WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TRADITIONALLY BEEN LET DOWN AS “SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS” TO BECOME THE MAIN CHARACTERS.” 
— ADA COLAU THE FIRST FEMALE MAYOR OF BARCELONA
 
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Support network

The Women Led Cities Initiative is a project of THINK.urban, in partnership with Little Giant Creative, and proudly sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.