WPF Starts Semester with Engaging Events
The Women’s Planning Forum (WPF) has had an active start to the fall semester, hosting two events thus far: a potluck dinner during Orientation Week to discuss their summer reading book, Dolores Hayden’s The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History of Feminist Designs for American Homes, Neighborhoods, and Cities; and a tea, held in late September.
The discussion at the tea focused on the role that gender plays in the planning field. Lourdes Benería, CRP professor emerita, joined the group to speak about her work in gender, labor, and economics, and to discuss the “reproduction production” shared by women worldwide.
Also present was Haylee Madfis (M.R.P. ’14), who discussed her recent brief, “The Planning Gender Gap.” Madfis’s work examines areas in planning in which the needs of traditionally underserved groups, especially women, children, and the elderly, are not considered.
The WPF will hold several events this year to continue their exploration of the role gender plays in the theory and practice of planning, and the variety of impacts for all practitioners.