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Women and Cities: Gender Equity, Past and Present

Investigate the meaning of “feminist city planning” by exploring how women have impacted cities past and present and imagining what a women-led city would look like from a variety of perspectives—both bottom-up and top-down.

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Course Info

  • Duration 7 video lessons (54 Mins)
  • Published Published
  • 4.39
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    How We Got To Now
    Chapter Duration 10 mins
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    Gender Equity in Our Earliest Cities
    Chapter Duration 9 mins
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    The Shift to Patriarchal Cities
    Chapter Duration 8 mins
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    The Last Grasp of Matriarchal Cities and Societies
    Chapter Duration 5 mins
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    Failed Attempts at Feminist Cities
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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 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 within their particular field
  • Contribute to furthering the conversation around gender equitable cities within their particular field


Course Description

The role of women in the management and creation of cities has changed over time, but cities consistently lack equitable representation. How does this underrepresentation impact the built environment? From architecture to urban policy, this course will investigate how women have impacted cities over time from the earliest cities to today, and why the ongoing and evolving contribution of women to planning and design is important for the future of cities. In this course, we will investigate the meaning of “feminist city planning," explore how women have impacted cities past and present, and imagine what a women-led city would look like from a variety of perspectives—both bottom-up and top-down.

Learn these skills

  • Architecture
  • Demographics
  • Equity
  • History
  • Urban Design


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is approved for 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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