Jane Jacobs was one of the most enduring voices in urbanism, railing against the plans of men like Robert Moses who sought to impress themselves and their ideas on the urban environment by razing history to the ground.
There has been no shortage since of women with something to say about the urban environment. But somehow, their voices are marginalized. Recent statistics show that, in the UK, the number of women in architecture fell from 28% to 21% between 2009 and 2011. And more anecdotally, men dominate urbanist writing in the UK and elsewhere.