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Friday, April 6 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.29 Gender Matters: An Investigation of Planning Workplaces

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Urban workplaces are diversifying with respect to gender, but office culture and leadership style do not reflect this change. This paper uses the results of a 2014 survey on Planning Workplace Dynamics, conducted in partnership with the Women and Planning Division of the American Planning Association; to study whether planning organizations are creating inclusive workplaces in terms of scheduling, benefits, and office communication culture. We statistically analyze 327 responses and 75 qualitative responses to open ended questions about additional information regarding gender in the planning workplace. The results show that although most respondents tend to feel respected, with equal opportunities to pay and advancement, few respondents have access to leave or flexibility options. Given care burdens still disproportionately fall on women, we propose that managers might expand workplace policies like flexible hours and location to foster inclusive workplace culture for staff of all genders (McDowell 2014). Urban theory shows that women move toward urban centers in order to live closer to work and care services but urban costs of living are increasing (Curran 2017). In order to maintain economic security, workers with care burdens require more flexible workplace policies to meet all of their demands (Slaughter 2015). When we analyzed responses based on the gender of management, we found that those with female management tend to feel more equally heard and paid in their workplaces as compared to their male counterparts. This trend suggests that the female managers tend to practice transformational leadership, which, according to organizational development theory, matters in order to create a more inclusive workplace for all genders (Eagly et al. 2011). Inadequate provision of inclusive workplace policies further disadvantages women. We consider the need to reshape the discourse and adapt policies to fit with current needs of all genders in urban workplaces.


Marisa Turesky, Cornell University; Mildred Warner, Cornell University


Friday April 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Provincial Ballroom (2nd Floor)