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Nominate your Women of Influence for 2021

Words: The Planner
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Who are the women who have shaped the planning profession's responses to the challenges presented by 2020?

Since the Covid-19 outbreak began, the living environments we plan and build have been under scrutiny, their effects on our physical and mental health weighed up from every angle.

Covid-19 has also uncovered the inequalities embedded within our homes, neighbourhoods and workspaces and cast into relief the vital need to attend to the damaging effects of climate change on our lives. 

Beyond Covid-19, the government has unveiled plans for reform of the planing system, which could alter the planner's role profoundly.

The profession has responded to these challenges with urgency and intelligence – and the responses have not always come from planners themselves. This year in The Planner we've heard from health experts and environmentalists, from architects, business people, politicians, social scientists, lawyers and community activists, as well as from planners across the spectrum of planning disciplines.

We've seen how the planning system has continued to function in spite of logistical challenges; how legal processes have carried on; and how conferences, training and networking have adapted to virtual communications. This truly has been a year like no other.

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But who are the women who have played their part in keeping planning alive and relevant?

She might be a public sector planner supporting colleagues through difficulty; a researcher providing the evidence of planning's benefits to health or environment; a politician championing the cause of good placemaking; a barrister challenging legislation that could prove harmful.

Whatever their impact on planning, we want you to nominate the women you feel deserve recognition for their influence. Please tell us who they are and what they’ve done in the last 12 months that merits recognition.

Last year, our judges selected 60 Women of Influence from your nominations. This year, we’ll be asking our judges to come up with a fresh list – and we'd love to see new faces and celebrate even more women who are having an impact on planning.

Take a look at last year’s list here.

Nominate your women of influence in planning

Make your nominations here. The closing date for nominations is Friday 29 January.

We’ll be publishing the 2020 list on Monday 8 March, International Women’s Day. Get nominating!

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