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Women and Cities 4: Gender Equity in the Public Sphere

This course will outline the way in which women have occupied public spaces and the transition into a greater level of visibility for women in cities.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (55 Mins)
  • Published Published
  • 4.55
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    Public Life for Women Today
    Chapter Duration 11 mins
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    Street Harassment and the Flâneuse
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    Women and Mobility
    Chapter Duration 7 mins
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    Public Policy and Power
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    Public Space in Practice
    Chapter Duration 11 mins
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    Case Study: Vienna
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What You Will Learn

  • Understand gender bias in urban environments.
  • Understand the role that gender has played in constructing cities and systems throughout history.
  • Learn about contemporary examples of women impacting cities globally and in different contexts. 
  • Learn about alternative feminist approaches to urban design, architecture, transportation, policy, and urban planning.
  • Gain the ability to critically assess urban development from a gender-equitable lens.
  • Further the conversation around gender equitable cities.

Course Description

While the home conjures up notions of domestications and segregated gender roles, the public realm brings to mind perhaps a much darker, more dangerous image of the female experience in streets and other public spaces. The "Gender Equity in the Public Sphere" course outlines the ways women have historically occupied public spaces and also reveals how some cities are working toward greater levels of visibility for women in the public realm.

Learn these skills

  • Accessibility
  • Civic Engagement
  • Demographics
  • Development
  • Environmental Planning
  • Equity
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Pedestrian Planning
  • Public Health
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism
  • Walkability


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is 1 LU.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Katrina is a lecturer, researcher, and advocate for heart-centered cities. Her work focuses on human behavior in public space and the relationship between behavior and design.

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This is an incredible series of courses. From the first course in this track, I have been amazed by the perspective provided and the ability to not only visualize where urban design has not considered women but also the multitude of benefits that can be achieved from reimagining the urban form not just for women, but all users of urban spaces.
- Eric H.
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