Chapter 14 Beyond demographic diversity: towards intersectional gender justice in professional design practice in New Zealand
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In recent years the need for demographic diversity in professional design practice has been recognised as critical to ensure equitable and sustainable futures. While the employment of people from diverse backgrounds is a good starting point, this chapter argues that without addressing the gender binaries found in design cultures, workplace inequalities and the biases of products, services and systems, will endure. Focusing on intersectional gendered experience, the chapter explores the barriers to gender justice in professional design practice. It documents systems mapping workshops where gender justice was proposed as a wicked problem. The online workshops involved a small number of design professionals who self-identify as women. By reflecting on the map produced in the workshops, the chapter explores the challenges that people face and locates leverage points for intervention.

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