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It has long been established, from research in the fields of urban geography, history, sociology, philosophy, and urban planning, that the city is sexist. Change is not easy to achieve because the city is the outward manifestation of deeply held assumptions about women's role in society. These are transmitted onto the design of towns and cities through the urban planning system and through the decision-making powers of planners, architects, surveyors, engineers, and city managers. All these professions remain male-dominated, and so few women have a voice at the policy-making level. Indeed “more women” does not necessarily mean “better policy,” such are the powers of professional socialization and the need to conform to succeed.

Women at a Disadvantage

So what is the problem? Although planning is for people, ...

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