A continually growing list of resources that influence the workshop, and suggestions for deeper reading.
The Missing 32% is both a survey and an advocacy platform that emerged out of AIA San Francisco but has quickly become a national project to achieve gender equity within the architecture profession. Their site is chock full of amazing resources from their survey results on gender and architecture (including their work uncovering key ‘pinch points’ in women’s architecture careers) and profiles of women who in practice, and practices that prioritize equity.
The Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice, which come out of Australia, deal clearly and systematically with issues that affect gender equity in architecture practice, such as pay gaps, long working hours, and flexibility. While the guide focuses on structural changes practices can make, each guide also looks at what individual employees can do, and each has an impressive yet clear bibliography. These guides also do a great job of connecting macro-field concerns (how can architecture be a better profession?) to the issue of equity.
Alexandra Lange’s 2013 piece in Metropolis covered the fallout of the petition to include Denise Scott Brown in Robert Venturi’s 1990 Pritzker Prize as well as the larger context of gender bias and issues of recognition in the architecture field. Fantastic infographics look at just how few major architecture prizes have been given to women historically.
This TED talk by Susan Colantuono, who works with women and large companies to help women move into leadership, covers reasons why women sometimes get ‘stuck in the middle’ and don’t make it into senior leadership. Her TED talk investigates the ‘invisible’ skills women need to get to move up that are often underemphesized in performance reviews and leadership trainings.
“The Art of Asking: 21 Ways to Ask for What You Want and Get It.” Great blog post by Sarah Kathleen Peck on how to ask (or even realize you can ask) for what you want, and down to brass tacks strategies for asking. Even getting yourself in the mindset to ask is a major (and eventually fun!) part of empowerment and self advocacy.