Planning and Women

As one of the earliest divisions of the American Planning Association, the Planning and Women Division was formed in 1979 as a platform from which to transmit ideas and career concerns of particular interest to women and to the general membership of the American Planning Association.

Among the purposes of the Division are the following:

• Address issues facing the planning and development of communities, cities, regions, states, and the nation related to the changing roles of women and men as a means of promoting social equity;

• Create a national network of planners, decision makers and persons actively involved in organizations which are concerned about similar issues;

• Promote professional growth of women in planning and advocate for equitable treatment and advancement of female planners at all stages of their careers;

• Recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women in planning;

• Advance technical knowledge and improve techniques of dealing with the issues of women and planning; and

• Promote the analysis and examination of the issues of women and planning at every level of government and in colleges and universities.

We welcome your participation with over 100 other members in activities pertaining to women in the profession and the role of women in society as it pertains to planning.  On this website you will find information about our division's activities and services.  Please feel free to contact any of the division leaders with your suggestions and inquiries.

Fiona Akins, AICP
Planning and Women Division Chair

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Workplace Dynamics Survey: Exploring Gender Trends in the Workplace

We are proud to announce our partnership with Cornell's Women's Planning Forum in producing the Workplace Dynamics Survey for practicing planners. This short survey asks questions about gender issues in your workplace, exploring topics such as staffing, workplace behavior, and parental leave. All genders are encouraged to participate, and we ask you to share this link with your colleagues! The survey closes on June 26, 2015.

P&W has teamed up with Cornell University to conduct two surveys of practicing planners on the topic of gender. The results of the first survey on Women & Aging will be discussed at this year's national conference in Seattle: Aging & Gender in Livable Communities. Join us in Seattle!

Survey-Related Resources

Take the survey

Stay tuned to our website for results and analysis.


Please contact:
Amanda Micklow, AICP
PhD Student, City and Regional Planning
Cornell University

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