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  • Comment on: Shock survey results as the AJ launches campaign to raise women architects’ status

    katmac011's comment 12 January, 2012 11:49 pm

    I've enjoyed reading the article and agree with Ruth's comment about women working in other professions with the skills learned from the rich foundation that studying and practicing as an Architect provides. I'm sure this is not a bad thing. But I am not quite sure why the title of this article includes the word 'shock'. Draw your own conclusion. The reality is that these 'facts' have been known intuitively by women in may professions for years and run true for any culture where boundaries are defined by the physical attributes of gender rather than being understood as the leadership qualities associated with male/femaleness. It is not just women with families that experience the affects of this sort of 'discrimination'! So perhaps the solutions we seek to this age old question should embrace the broader social issue of diversity. The more important question for me is what we do as individuals when we become aware of what it feels like to be 'the other' - the one who is different......for whatever reason. And what are the women (and men) in leadership positions in all professions able to do that will change the way that we, both men and women, experience and understand the open/connected system that we live in in a more balanced way? If it is the responsibility of the RIBA (the RAIA in Australia and the AIA in America) to tackle this thought leadership issue, then it will probably take both genders in key positions to continue the dialogue if change is to be the least bit effective.