What would a city designed by women look like?

The creation of 400 miles of cycle paths and more than 60 plazas in New York has been lauded for breathing new life into a dense and heavily populated city.

But for Janette Sadik-Khan, the architect of those changes as transport commissioner for the city between 2007 and 2013, earning early recognition in a male-dominated profession was tough.

“I would come into the room and people would ask when the transportation commissioner was arriving, because I wasn’t a big hefty man wearing a construction hat,” Ms Sadik-Khan recalls. “The past has been very, very male.”

Ms Sadik-Khan is not alone in her experience. According to the World Bank, women occupy only 10 per cent of senior jobs at the world’s leading architecture firms. Urban planning is dominated by men and their legacy. Every city in the world was designed and built by men.


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This Black-owned beauty brand makes makeup designed especially for Black women

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Black Opal has been a pillar of the Black beauty industry for decades. Long before inclusion was on every beauty brand’s mind, Black Opal was providing high-quality makeup options for Black women. And the brand’s work in the space hasn’t slowed in the last 25 years.

Black Opal was created in 1994 to celebrate Black skin in a white-dominated commercial beauty industry. First beginning with complexion products, the brand has now broadened their range to include a full line of makeup and skincare. Though the cruelty-free company sells products designed for the Black community, some products can be used on a variety of skin tones.

In Sept. 2019,

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