Invisible Women in Comprehensive Plans Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 16, 2023

This panel presented by the Women & Planning Division of the American Planning Association (APA) examines the role of planning in creating and maintaining gender divides in urban spaces in the United States. Despite the changing gender roles and crucial contributions of feminist planning scholarship, incorporating gendered perspectives into planning practices remains limited and tentative.

Planning in the United States claims to be neutral, but in practice, it targets a small segment of the population and pays inadequate attention to women’s needs. According to national surveys in 2014 and 2019, the proportion of communities which said they address women’s needs in their comprehensive plans increased from 2% to 12%. But how are women’s needs being addressed in plans?  We review 80 comprehensive plans from communities that responded to the survey. We identify potential planning interventions that would help create a more gender-responsive environment. We use Natural Language Processing to identify two groups of keywords regarding identities (female, child, senior, etc.) and planning elements (housing, land use, transportation, etc) and how they are used in the 80 comprehensive plans. Results reveal that “neutral is not neutral” as women are mentioned the least among all identities, less than family, child, elderly, or even poverty and race.

While women’s needs might be addressed indirectly through aging or care provider concerns, the unique needs of women as individuals are not. Comprehensive plans need to be updated to address new concepts such as trip chaining and complete streets, and give attention to safety and care concerns unique to women. (Chun Xu and Yu Wang, panelists)

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YEP! The Power of Youth: Girls Who Plan Program

Thursday, September 2, 2021

This session will introduce the YEP! methodology; highlight projects; and provide tips and best practices for engaging young people in the planning process as well as going into the classroom and teaching youth about urban planning. Discover best examples to develop youth's civic leadership and recruit youth into our profession — as well as steps to establish your own local program. Created by the award-winning YEP! a non-profit organization, YEP! has grown from a small initiative into a highly regarded model of innovation. Today, YEP! is a national tool for youth participatory planning and project-based learning, involving more than 7,000 students, educators, and community partners. Come with questions on how to implement a program in your community. Presenters will describe case studies of youth engagement programs they have implemented to get students interested in planning and gather youth input to guide planning processes. They will share general principles for engaging youth, including how to frame planning in a way that is appropriate for each age group, how to ask the right questions, tips for partnering with school districts, how to leverage youth engagement to energize a process, and general lessons learned about what works and doesn’t work. The presenters have extensive experience working with youth in planning projects and have developed a 9-week Junior Planner program along with a workbook. (Corrin Hoegen Wendell, AICP, Anna Laybourn, AICP, Lispeth Tibbits-Nutt, Lauren A. Trice, AICP, Shraddha Nadkarni, panelists)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Do you have doubts about becoming AICP certified? Are you a student thinking about a career in planning wanting to learn more about the AICP certification process? Are you planning to take the upcoming AICP exam? This webinar is for you! The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the only nationwide verification of a planners’ expertise. In 2019, only 36% of APA members held the AICP certification. There are noticeable advantages to obtaining a professional certification like increased earning potential and competitive advantages in the job market. There are also barriers to entry for many qualified planners like annual dues and costs associated with continuing education. Join the APA Women & Planning Division for an informative panel discussion about the advantages & disadvantages of the AICP certification, how to apply for the exams, and some basic test tips for future test takers. (Katrina Corcoran, AICP, Asela Chavez Basurto, AICP Candidate, Molly Riddle, AICP Candidate, Jonathan Pacheco Bell @c1typlann3r, panelists)

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Nearly two-thirds of women feel unsafe in cities. A policy strategy known as gender mainstreaming acknowledges that men and women have different experiences and concerns when it comes to the built environment. Join the APA Women & Planning Division for an insightful discussion highlighting the gender inequities in U.S. planning. A panel of esteemed women planners will discuss the empirical data of how women experience public space and their relationship to mobility in the city. Panelists will call attention to actionable steps that planners can take to incorporate gender mainstreaming policies and address gender inequity in their cities. (Sherry Ryan, Claudia Galicia, Katelynn Wintz, AICP, Petra Doan, panelists) 

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Friday, October 23, 2019

The gender wage gap stubbornly persists in the planning profession. Although there are a number of reasons for this, one important aspect is that women often don’t negotiate their salaries. In this webinar, a panel of practicing planners and other experts will address this force affecting the pay gap and provide strategies for getting the salary you deserve. (Melissa Dickens, AICP, Breanne Rothstein, AICP, Kimberly Prillhart, AICP, Tanya Stern, AICP, panelists) 

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Strategies for Successful Salary Negotiations


Friday, September 21, 2019

Women earn 57 percent of undergraduate degrees in the US and yet, women lag substantially behind men in terms of their representation in leadership--and their proportion of AICP fellows. With the right strategies and a clear vision, women can build the powerful and meaningful career of their dreams! Join the APA Women & Planning Division and career strategist Mia Scharphie of Build Yourself Workshop as we discuss the top mistakes women make in crafting the profiles and reputations that will lead to the professional opportunities they want, the importance of investing time in raising your profile, and strategies for building your reputation (that feel authentic rather than self-promotional) in order to build the career you love and make the impact you hope to. (Mia Scharpie, Katelynn Wintz, AICP, panelists) 

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Female planners only comprise of 22 percent of the FAICP college of fellows membership within APA. While there is a gradual increase in the number of female nominations and inductees throughout recent years, the current gender disparity of membership is alarming.The AICP College of Fellows program, which began in 1998 to “recognize planners whose career exhibits excellence,” is regarded as the highest honor the AICP bestows upon a member. Join the APA Women & Planning Division for a lively discussion highlighting the importance of supporting, amplifying, and inducting more influential women planners into the FAICP class. A panel of distinguished women planners will discuss the importance of FAICP, the rigorous nominations process, the importance of nominating women, will share their own experiences in creating submissions as well as what the experience was like to be inducted into the College of Fellows. Panelists will provide key insights to strong nominations, when in your career to consider applying and the importance of telling a strong story in the nominations application. (Corrin Hoegen Wendell, AICP; Breanne Rothstein, AICP; Carissa Slotterback, FAICP; Libby Tyler, FAICP; Silvia E. Vargas, AICP LEED AP; , panelists) 

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Friday, July 27, 2018

New planners at the beginning of their careers can have a significant impact to the way we think about tough and intriguing issues in the planning field. Join the APA Women & Planning Division for an exciting and inspiring discussion focused on highlighting Division student members from planning programs from across the country and internationally! A panel of recent graduate and early career planners will discuss their research and project work, focused on equity, infrastructure and mobility constraints, environmental issues, and transportation barriers, and will share their own experiences and stories. See how each has found interesting ways to make their mark on the planning profession, and learn about the topics of most concern and interest to the next generation of planners. This moderated panel will allow the audience to participate through live polling and interactive questions. (Corrin Hoegen Wendell, AICP; Andrea Clark; Genevieve Pearthree; Carrie Sauer; Yemeserach Taddele, panelists) 

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Friday, December 15, 2017

As the percentage of women entering the planning profession increases and gains a firm foothold in the doorway of success, they are reaching back to the next generation and welcoming them through that open door. Join the APA Women and Planning Division for an exciting and inspiring discussion focused on your most pressing career questions and what seasoned planners wished they would have known. Find out the benefits of working in the public or private sector, skills employers are really looking for, and walk away with strategies for getting hired and succeeding in the first year on the job. A panel of top female professionals from early, mid, and seasoned careers will discuss a wide range of important topics including career growth and development, how to gain a valuable planning network, and share their own experiences and stories. This moderated panel will allow the audience to participate in this important dialogue through the use of live polling technology and interactive questions. (Corrin Hoegen Wendell, AICP; Jahnee Prince, AICP; Breanne Rothstein, AICP; Olivia Dorow-Hovland, panelists) 

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Friday, June 2, 2017

The Women and Planning Division hosted an exciting and inspiring conversation focused on leadership and empowerment within the workplace. This webinar provided an opportunity for female planning professionals to learn more about the fundamentals of becoming an effective leader, strategies for advancement within your career and how to create a culture of supporting and empowering other female leaders. A panel of experienced female professionals discussed a wide range of important topics including career growth and development, how to gain a valuable planning network, and shared their own experiences and stories. (Corrin Hoegen Wendell, AICP; Kimberly Albano; Monica Tibbits-Nutt, AICP, LEED AP, BD+C, panelists)

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November 10, 2015

How do planners create livable, age-friendly communities? And what role does gender play when creating and implementing these plans? This webinar focuses on the results of the "Planning through a Gender Lens: Inclusive Planning for Aging and Livable Communities" research study, a collaboration between Dr. Mildred Warner of the Cornell University Women's Planning Forum and APA's Planning and Women Division. Research was funded by a grant from the APA Divisions Council.

Recognizing that the realities of women's day-to-day lives have major implications for the planning field, the key aim of the research was to gather information about the extent to which planners consider gender in their practice, considered in the context of well-established planning practices for aging communities. This session explores those questions and the results of the survey, and frames the implications and opportunities for planners in their everyday practice. (Mildred Warner, PhD; Amanda Micklow, AICP; Alice Walkup, AICP, panelists)

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March 7, 2014

In March 2014, we partnered with the Transportation Planning Division to host a lively discussion on the issues faced by women in mobility around the world. Our three planning experts discussed transportation finance, policy, and use through a gender lens: from the financial backbone of policy development, women in leadership roles and networks for women, to healthy & safe mobility by bike and on foot.