Accessibility of Urban spaces
We really need to think about this stuff
The Victorian concept of separate spheres had a huge impact on American gender narratives. A woman's domain was the home, while a man's was the public.
There were times throughout history when women were relied on to pick up the slack in the working world, but that kind of public life was rarely ever preferred.
The housewife was the favored career for women throughout most of U.S. history. Being in the privacy and safety of her home was the best way to keep a woman safe. While solitary men had free range.
The lines of these spheres have become blurred over time, but urban planning has not caught up with this progress. Accessibility to urban spaces for women and their children is still a challenge.
For most of history women had to deal with the brunt of living in inhospitable environments. "What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?"
To obtain equal, safe, and accessible public urban spaces "requires that the presence of women in public space be established as a political right..."
The family unit as a whole must deal with environments that are not friendly to their needs.
Movement in public spaces as a family with children has always been difficult due to separate spheres. Other countries are much more progressive in their public domestic amenities.
The ability of a woman to comfortably go out and run errands with her children is not a luxury.
Physical urban planning must also take into consideration the needs of women and families with children. The lowered sidewalk is something that can make that a reality.
Expanding public transportation to suit the needs of solitary women or the elderly also should be considered. Many people need to travel via bus or train and they deserve to have those options.
Sexist advertisements also pose a conflict for the public.
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