Transgender and gender-nonconforming public transit riders in Portland, Oregon experience discrimination, harassment, and violence from transit staff and riders. Nondiscrimination policies may be helpful toward increasing riders’ safety whereas armed transit police are not recommended.
With the 6th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation taking place in the United States this year, the topic of gender and transportation is highly relevant. The connections between transportation and gender, specifically, can be explained through the demands of carwork, safety concerns, and lack of gendered data collected.
Recent research shows that women cyclists have real reason to be concerned about their safety on the road. We found that drivers were significantly more likely to encroach—i.e. to pass closer than three feet—on female cyclists than on male cyclists. Our study illustrates the scope and pervasiveness of the gender gap in cycling, confirms female cyclists’ concerns about safety on the road, and underscores the need for greater investment in safer facilities like protected bike lanes.
GPR’s Debra Fitzpatrick interviews Alexander Brown, co-founder of Expedition Outside and a lifelong camper and hunter and native of Colorado now living in the South, and Jennifer Bernstein with the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. The wide-ranging interview covers the exclusionary history of hunting, contemporary efforts to attract more women to the sport and the implications of an overall decline in hunting on state and national conservation efforts.
As the Trump administration moves in multiple ways to remake U.S. environmental policy, the Gender Policy Report’s Debra Fitzpatrick talked with Jennifer Bernstein about her recent piece “On Mother Earth and Earth Mothers: Why Environmentalism Has a Gender Problem” that sparked an important conversation about feminism and environmentalism.
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