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Feminist City Book Launch Near You!

Who are our cities built for? How does our city actively re-enforce social inequalities? And, most importantly, how do we revolutionize urban life in the name of social equality and justice?

Join us for a powerful, barrier-breaking discussion on how we can transform our cities into a more feminist, inspiring and vibrant community.

When: Tuesday, November 26, 6pm  
Location: Room 131, University of Toronto, Banting Institute (BI 131), 100 College Street, Toronto

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  • Leslie Kern, Feminist City: A Field Guide Author and Women’s Studies Professor at Mt. Alison University
  • Kavita Dogra, Founder of We Talk Women
  • Akio Maroon, Executive Board Member at Pride Toronto, Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project; Founding Director of Toronto Childcare Collective and Grind Toronto

When: Wednesday, November 27, 7pm  
Location: 580 West Hastings St. (Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue).

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  • Leslie Kern, Author and Women’s Studies Professor
  • Mebrat Beyene, WISH Drop-In Centre Society
  • Genesa Greening, President and CEO of BC Women’s Health Foundation
  • Cicely Belle Blain, CEO of Cicely Blain Consulting
  • Janice George, Chepximiya Siyam’ Hereditary Chief
  • Moderated by Ellen Woodsworth, Founder of Women Transforming Cities International Society 

When: Thursday, November 28, 7pm  
Location: 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
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  • Vivian Hansen, currently the Writer In Residence for the Canadian Authors Association - Alberta Branch; Co-Founder of Forum magazine (moderator)
  • Leslie Kern, Author of Feminist City: A Field Guide and Associate Professor at Mount Allison University
  • Angela Symon, Boardperson for Voice of Albertans with Disabilities

Feminist City: A Field Guide combines memoir, feminist theory, pop culture, and geography to expose what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities built right into our cities, homes, and neighbourhoods. Focusing on gendered experiences of the city, the books grapples with the challenge of claiming urban space amongst barriers designed to keep women “in their place.” From the geography of rape culture to the politics of snow removal, the city is an ongoing site of gendered struggle. Yet the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping new social relations based around care and justice.

Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out a feminist intersectional approach to urban histories and pathways towards different urban futures. Feminist questions about safety and fear, paid and unpaid work, and rights and representation prompt us to dismantle what we take for granted about cities and open space to ask how we can build more just, sustainable, and care-full cities together.

Feminist City is a damning stab at the subtle and overt manipulation of women in urban spaces. Kern’s interwoven references to her personal experience through childhood, adulthood, and motherhood make her deeply researched and whip-smart work infinitely readable. Kern shows that the ability of all women to exploit the city fully is a valuable, necessary gauge for city worth.”

– Lezlie Lowe, author of No Place To Go: How Public Toilets Fail Our Private Needs

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