Our Mission


We are working to create an inclusive and intersectional platform for collaboration in all that we do. While we don't have all the answers, our mission and values hope to reflect this goal. 

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Why are we doing this?

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 urban planning and design, the Women Led Cities Initiative aims to achieve a greater level of equity in our cities - both bottom-up and top-down - and start the conversation around an inclusive city for all. 

Our mission: 

  1. Expand the conversation through evidence-based analyses, thought leadership, and objectives-driven discourse.

  2. Develop a program of working conferences and open-source event programming that can be implemented in any city for women led leadership, policies, and inclusion.

  3. Provide a platform and network for women working worldwide to make our cities better by and for women and girls.

  4. Create an international conference to build relationships and best practices for women led projects and cities.

Our values: 

A feminist city is a humanist city.

If you plan for women and girls, you plan for everyone. This simple concept is hard to deny - if there’s a lack of representation, there’s simply a lack of planning for that group of people. We need more women in positions of influence leading the way we design and manage our cities.

We cannot be what we cannot see.

Most major publications and appearances at urbanist conferences include less than 50% women. Women are underrepresented in leadership from city government to private companies. But women are in these fields in increasing numbers and have a desire to lead. We need greater representation of women in our cities as a visible reminder of what can be achieved.

Intersectional feminism for intersectional urbanism.

More than gender, this initiative is intersectional in all that it strives to do. This initiative strives to raise the voices and promote power for all women including all ethnicities, ages, identities, experiences, abilities, incomes, and education levels. We believe that one woman will not have all the answers, and that we are better for our combined experiences and mutual support.