February's Urban Salon will be addressing what it means and has meant to be a woman in the city. All proceeds raised from the event will be donated to NARAL Pro-Choice America. There will be free beer, thanks to our local Brooklyn sponsors-Braven and Sixpoint Breweries.
The panel will explore how women experience and live in the city differently and the relationship between gender and the built environment. There has long been a tension between rural/urban/suburban communities-with some theorists tying to mass mid-century suburban exodus to attempts to keep women at home. How have cities nurtured and provided a platform for women to organzie? How have they helped foster alternative mythologies and identities?
More recently, European cities have been leading a charge to retrofit spaces to be more women-friendly. What would a city designed for women be like? Is a gender neutral city possible?
Further, in today's current political climate, which sees progressive cities and states reasserting their local sovereignity, how can or should local government's respond to the President's anti-woman agenda?
Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman: Founder, THINK.urban
Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman is an urban anthropologist specializing in the research and analysis of human behavior in public space. She is the founder and director of THINK.urban, a Philadelphia based consulting firm working to create better cities through the lens of anthropology. As a "professional people-watcher" she can tell the story of a place - be it a street, park, or plaza - in order to better inform the built environment. In her free time she co-hosts Third Wave Urbanism, a podcast on the new normal of progressive, human-scale cities in our urban, globalized world. In much the same way third wave feminism brought about a sense of normalization, this podcast emphasizes a female perspective on moving through cities - and how it shouldn't be a strange experience for women or anyone else.
A.C Micklow: PhD Candidate @ Cornell
A.C. Micklow is a Ph.D. candidate in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Their doctoral research uses a gender lens to critically examine land use and transportation planning and policy in the United States. A central component of this research is a collaborative survey project with the American Planning Association’s (APA) Women and Planning Division on the status of gender responsive planning in select US communities. The project won the 2016 APA Divisions Council Award for Contribution to the Planning Profession. Micklow’s research on gender has also been profiled in the Huffington Post, OZY, and Planetizen. In 2016, Micklow also participated in the Expert Group Meeting on Gender Perspectives of the New Urban Agenda convened by UN Women, UN-Habitat, the Huairou Commission, and Cities Alliance.
Syreeta McFadden: Writer
Syreeta McFadden is a writer, photographer and professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City. Syreeta’s work deals largely with gender, politics, race and culture, and explores the cultural narratives of communities. Her work has been featured in a range of publications which include the New York Times Magazine, The Nation, BuzzFeed News, NPR, Brooklyn Magazine, Feministing and The Guardian US, where she has been a regular contributor. She is the managing editor of the online literary magazine, Union Station. A former urban planner and housing development specialist, she holds degrees from Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently working on a collection of essays.
Rita Pasarell: Boardmember Hollaback
Rita Pasarell is an intransigent advocate for women’s rights, and for the reformation of societal norms which constrain beings into mandated gender performance artists. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of Hollaback!, known for its work in the anti-street harassment arena and for its program HeartMob, a resource for people who've been bullied online. She is also the Board Chairperson of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, a North Brooklyn environmental civic engagement nonprofit. Rita is a practicing employment and corporate regulatory attorney in New York, at the law firm Riedl & Pasarell, Partners.