On International Women's Day, 8 March, our Founder Jo Ashbridge and Trustee Katie Crepeau were invited to speak about their journeys into social impact design.
The event, as part of the annual lecture series 'Who Cares?' by Unit 6 at the Cass, explores humanitarian architecture. The series examines and questions what it is to work in these environments, the motives for doing so and the reality of not for profit practice.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The architecture and construction industry is notoriously male dominated. Statistics from the annual AR 'Women in Architecture' survey are sobering:
- More than half of women have experienced discrimination, indirect or direct, during the past year, including sexism, bullying and/or sexual harassment
- There is a gender pay gap with men earning more at all stages of their architectural career
- Many believe having dependents can hamper if not halt career progression due to the uncompromising work schedule and culture
- 60% believe the industry has not fully accepted the authority of the female architect
- There is a huge disparity of gender diversity in senior management positions.
We need more female role models.
To #PressforProgress, Jo and Katie shared their work and experiences in the industry. Two female speakers + an all female panel. They hope to inspire the next generation of women in architecture to break through that glass ceiling as well as present their non-traditional leadership roles.
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