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International Women's Day 2017

Words: The Planner
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'Be bold for change' - that's the theme of this year's International Women's Day. We've been speaking to planners (male and female) about who their inspirations are and what equality and diversity in the workplace means to them. Here's a round-up of our stories and opinions for IWD2017, which we'll be updating throughout the day.

Throughout the working world, women are occupying more senior roles and more influential positions. Even so, in many sectors gender equality is some distance away. The theme of International Women's Day 2017 is 'Be bold for change' and it's explicitly about changing the working world.

As last year, we're running our crowdsourced Planner's Women of Influence list. But we've also been speaking to women (and men) about what International Women's Day means to them and why equality in the workplace matters. Plus we have profiles of women working in planning and a guide to networking groups for women in planning and the built environment.

If you'd like to join our online conversation about IWD2017, please tweet us at @ThePlanner_RTPI using the hashtag #ThePlanner_IWD

The Planner's Women of Influence 2017

Which women working in and around planning do you consider inspirational, influential and indispensable. Let us know! We'll be updating this through the day.

Scan the Women of Influence and let us know who you'd like to see in the list

Why equality?

We talk a lot about the benefits of equality and diversity in the workplace. But why does it matter? Here's a variety of perspectives why inclusivity approaches to employment can give planning firms an edge.

Why does equality matter?

The Planner's view: International Women's Day isn't just about promoting the interests of women - it's about taking the steps towards building a fairer, more resilient society.

The chief executive

Gerry Hughes, chief executive of GVA, explains why he's a champion of equality both within planning itself and in planning's realtionship with the societies it serves.

The diversity champion

Future of London's Lisa Taylor talks about why she set up the Diversity Speakers' Network, and why diversity in planning matters.

Achieving gender equality 'is not the responsiblity of women alone'

Claire Porter of the New Local Government Network asks how we can get more women into senior roles in local government.

What if equality initatives meant more business?

Chelsea Pegram of Oyster Partnership considers how planning organisations can address inequality in the workplace.

Out there - Why inclusivity is good for planning

Yohanna Weber and Kadine James of LGBT+ professional network Planning Out say normalising difference is good for planning.

Women at work

Here at The Planner, we profile a wide range of women working in planning, the built environment and related disciplines. Here are just a few.

Two minutes with... Francesca Perry

Journalist and urbanist Francesca Perry tells The Planner about her Thinking City blog and why it's important for planners to tune into inspiring initiatives from around the world.

The role model

Sandra Manson describes how a role model inspired her journey from filing clerk to planning director - and how she's now acting as a role model to a new generation of female planners.

How women are helping build homes for humanity

Homes for Scotland chief exec Nicola Barclay describes how she and other women have been building homes for vulnerable communities in India.

Boutique law firms: Finding a niche

Solicitor Meeta Kaur is one of the co-founders of new boutique planning law firm Town LLP. She explains why it was set up and why boutique could be the future of planning law.

How Plymouth's open data pay days are transforming community engagement

Plymouth's community engagemetn officer Hannah Sloggett has been piloting an open data scheme that's transforming the way the city works with communities.

Starting out as an apprentice - Caitlin Deller

Caitlin Deller, an RTPI apprentice at Brighton and Hove City Council talks about how she's finding her introduction to planning so far.

Starting out as an apprentice - Emma Chapman

Emma Chapman, an RTPI apprentice at Hertfordshire County Council, talks about how she's finding her introduction to planning.

The networker

Rebecca Humble of WYG explains why she set up an informal network for women in her company.

Profile - Anne Fisher

Anne Fisher offers a view of planning from Milton in Ontario, Canada.

Profile - Jiaqi Chen

Jiaqi Chen offers a view of planning from Guangzhou in China.

Profile - Kate Houghton

Kate Houghton offers a view of planning from Santiago in Chile.

Profile - Gemma Conlon

Gemma Conlon offers a view of planning from Timaru in New Zealand



It's time to see the difference

Carole-Anne Davies of the Design Commission for Wales reflects on the need for equality to be at the heart of placemaking.

The politician

Scottish MSP - and chartered planner - Monica Lennon acknowledges progress towards equality in planning, but says there's still some way to go.

Gender equality and planning: Implementing the new urban agenda

UN Habitat's New Urban Agenda can help deliver gender-inclusive places, argues the RTPI's Victoria Pinoncély.

Young planners and International Women's Day

Young planner interview - Charlotte Mohn

"For planning to become inclusive, we have to plan not just for, but most importantly, with everyone," says WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff's Charlotte Mohn

Young planner interview - Jay Skinner

"To create successful teams can only be achieved through inclusive and equal approaches," says Fife Council's Jay Skinner

Young planner interview - Lesley McVeigh

"It's important that planning considers the bigger picture for diversity and inclusion, which is not just about issues relating to gender inequality," says Taylor Wimpey's Lesley McVeigh

Women's built environment networks

Women's built environment networks

Here's our guide to networks, groups and initiatives aimed at women working in the built environment.

Women in Planning

Women in Planning co-founder Alison Mackay explains the rationale behind the network and how it's supporting women in the profession.