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Gender Equity Planning

Gender equity planning highlights the effects of planning on males and females, as well as the impacts of men and women on planning itself. Gender refers to the subjective, dichotomous characterization of individuals as being male/masculine or female/feminine whereas sex refers to the categorization as males and females based purely on biological characteristics (chromosomes, geni-talia, etc.). The two terms, gender and sex, are often confused in discussions of gender equity planning, and the idea that the latter is about more than biology is important to remember.

Masculine and feminine characteristics are often thought to be socially constructed; what counts as meaningful gendered traits changes with the times. Jobs that were once seen as appropriate only for men, such as planning, are now available as acceptable choices ...

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