Interstitial EP042

Feminist City
by Leslie Kern

Women have been drawn to city life for centuries, despite the persistent tensions, freedom and fear, empowerment and struggle. Taking an intersectional approach to urban inequality, geographer Leslie Kern urges us to change the perspective from which our spaces are designed and built.


Leslie Kern is the author of two books on gender and cities, including Feminist City: Claiming Space in Man-Made World (Verso). She holds a PhD in women’s studies from York University and is currently an associate professor of geography and environment and director of women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick. Leslie writes about gender, gentrification, and feminism and teaches urban, social, and feminist geography. She runs an academic career coaching service and blog at and tweets about all things feminist, academic, and urban on Twitter @LellyK.


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Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World
Leslie Kern
June 2020


All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

Rebecca Traister

This is one of the books that I felt my book was a little bit in conversation with. And she does actually have a chapter about cities in the book as well. And I think that’s a really great compliment to my book, because it explores this sort of social and cultural history of single womanhood, particularly in the U.S., That I think is a really important backdrop for some of the changes that I’m talking about in my book.


I recently watched this Netflix series, which is about a Mexican immigrant family and their taco shop in Boyle Heights, in Los Angeles, and the ways in which they’re struggling to survive in the context of encroaching gentrification, while struggling to remain authentic to their roots and responsive to the community around them, and negotiate and at times resist the changes that are happening around them.

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