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Okay, the gender gap in architecture is bad. So, what can we do? Here are 3 actionable steps we can take:
1. The first step is education. The gender gap in architecture is not a women's issue: its everyone's issue. Gender equality is not about placing blame, but it is about understanding that all of us share a responsibility for furthering equality. If we each take small steps to understanding the problem, collectively, we will make great strides toward developing solutions.
The website of Iowa Women in Architecture (iaWia) provides access to great educational resources such as panel discussions, leadership events and they even provide best practice recommendations.
Education is never truly complete. But an important step to further education is to share what one has learned.
2. After education, we have to spread awareness. Only through increased awareness can we learn to identify the specific ways in which gender inequality presents itself in everyday work life. In practice, sexism is often more subtle than overt. To resolve sexism in the office, or in the field, we must first have the clarity to identify it. After identifying sexism we may develop the courage to discuss it.
While mold may prosper in stagnation and darkness, it withers in the light of day.
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3. Take action. Here are few ways you can get involved in building solutions for gender inequality in architecture:
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