Calgary Book Launch: Feminist City

Feminist City: How to Build a More Just, Sustainable Calgary

November 28, 7pm Ross Glen Hall at Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning


Who is the city of Calgary 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 author and Women’s Studies Professor Leslie Kern for a galvanizing discussion, exposing how our city is a site of ongoing gendered struggle. With a panel of esteemed community leaders and activists, this is a fiery exploration on how women and marginalized persons of all backgrounds can push back against systemic barriers designed to keep minorities “in their place,” and re-imagine a more sustainable, just Calgary that supports all of us.

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

Free entry. All welcome. Books available to purchase from Shelf Life Books.

Moderator Vivian Hansen, currently the Writer In Residence for the Canadian Authors Association - Alberta Branch; Co-Founder of Forum magazine


  • 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

  • Amelia Marie Newbert, Co-Executive Director of the Skipping Stone Foundation

  • Monetta Bailey, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Behavioural Science Department, Ambrose University

About Feminist City

“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.

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