The role of women in the Garden City movement and the outcomes it sought to enable were, and continue to be, significant. Over the last year, the TCPA has begun to uncover the rich history of women in the Garden City movement and beyond to celebrate these female pioneers and their influence today.

In the wake of the female voices of the movements which influenced Howard’s Garden City idea, women played a role in the Garden Cities Association from the outset. Women sat on the first Councilby 1903 a ‘Women’s League’ was formed and in 1920 the Garden Cities ‘Women’s Section’ was established to support and progress the Association’s campaigns and the role of women within it. Women also played a key role in the development of New Towns, sitting on the boards of Development Corporations and pushing the New Town agenda. Yet, women were still disproportionally underrepresented in the movement and accounts of its history. Today there continues to be a lack of visibility for women in many parts of the planning profession, however the TCPA is proud to show leadership in the contemporary debate on gender equality through its projects, staff and campaigns.   

This online discussion will launch the publication of ‘The forgotten pioneers – Celebrating the women of the Garden City movement’ which shares story of women in the Garden City movement and New Towns story that followed, as well as celebrating the women working in new communities and large-scale developments today.

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This event is kindly supported by the Lady Margaret Paterson Osborn Trust and in partnership with Women in Planning, Urbanistas, and Real Estate Balance 


16.00   Welcome and introduction from the Chair

             Katy Lock, Director of Communities and FJ Osborn Fellow, TCPA

16.10   Forgotten pioneers – Celebrating women in the Garden City movement

             Cova Cervilla Bordiu, Osborn Research Assistant, TCPA

16.25   The Garden City legacy today for tomorrow – Responses from:

             Dr Wei Yang, President of Royal Town Planning Institute, FRTPI FAcSS

             Dr Susan Parham, Associate Professor, University of Hertfordshire

           Ursula Howard, Adult educator and academic (retired)

16.40 Discussion and Q&A

17.15 End