The trouble with women

Happy International Women’s Day – and may we have many fewer of them.

Happy International Women’s Day – and may we have many fewer of them. International Women’s Day seems to have impinged far more on our consciousnesses recently – and could it possibly be because we are at a tipping point, where the achievements of women are being allowed to be greater (allowed by who though) and maybe in the next decade or so celebrating women will seem somehow anachronistic?

And could that even happen in architecture? Survey after survey shows that women are still disadvantaged, and at the same time we see more rising to the top and having their achievements recognised. And then there is ‘The Replacement’, the BBC TV drama that covers a maternity leave in a Scottish practice.

Pamela Buxton has written a great review of the first episode for RIBA Journal. She found it entertaining but, she writes, ‘Women pursuing a career in architecture are, it seems, either hormonally deranged, coldly manipulative, or end up dead.’ In other words, if you want an easy time, don’t employ women.

Perhaps we will be celebrating International Women’s Day for some time yet…

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