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Feminist City: claiming space in a man-made world

Leslie Kern joins us – remotely! – from Canada to discuss how cities can be made more suitable for the majority of the population ie women. She will be talking with Jane Todd, formerly Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council.

“We live in the city of men. Our public spaces are not designed for female bodies. There is little consideration for woman as mothers, workers or carers. The urban streets often are a place of threats rather than community. Gentrification has made the everyday lives of women even more difficult. What would a metropolis for working women look like? A city of friendships beyond Sex and the City. A public space with enough toilets. A place where women can walk without harassment. In Feminist City, through history, personal experience and popular culture Leslie Kern exposes what is hidden in plain sight – the social inequalities are built into our cities, homes, and neighbourhoods – and offers an alternative vision of the feminist city. Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out a feminist intersectional approach to urban histories and proposes that the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping a new urban future.”

Leslie Kern is an Associate Professor of Geography and Environment and head of Women’s and Gender Studies at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

Jane Todd headed Nottingham City Council from 2008-2013 and now chairs three voluntary sector organisations covering children, special needs and strategic partnerships in the City.

This is a free online event. Leslie’s book, Feminist City, can be ordered post free while booking (UK only). Register via Eventbrite.