September 23, 2020
Leslie Kern with Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, Riffraff Bookstore
Riffraff Bookstore (Virtual)
September 23, 2020
7.00pm - 8.30pm
Riffraff Bookstore (Virtual)
Join Leslie Kern and Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman for a conversation about FEMINIST CITY.

In pre-COVID times, bookstore and bar sales during events helped sustained our programming. A great way to support us now is by buying the book (FEMINIST CITY), a VIRTUAL COCKTAIL to be enjoyed on our patio at a later date, or a GIFT CERTIFICATE for use online. Thanks for your continued support. 

Leslie Kern is an associate professor of geography and environment and director of women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University. She is the author of Sex and the Revitalized City: Gender, Condominium Development, and Urban Citizenship.

Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman is a lecturer, researcher, and advocate for heart-centered cities through her firm THINK.urban. She was recently named to BBC’s 2019 list of 100 Women and invited to speak at the annual event in London on the future of cities and women. As an applied urban anthropologist, her work focuses on human behavior in public space and the relationship between behavior and design. Through the use of “spatial ethnographies,” she utilizes principles of user experience research and design to assess the effectiveness of urban form on the human condition, physically and psychologically. She can be found online as @think_katrina on Twitter and Instagram, and resides in Philadelphia with her husband and two cats.


Feminist City is an ongoing experiment in living differently, living better, and living more justly in an urban world.

We live in the city of men. Our public spaces are not designed for female bodies. There is little consideration for women as mothers, workers or carers. The urban streets often are a place of threats rather than community. Gentrification has made the everyday lives of women even more difficult. What would a metropolis for working women look like? A city of friendships beyond Sex and the City. A transit system that accommodates mothers with strollers on the school run. A public space with enough toilets. A place where women can walk without harassment. 

In Feminist City, through history, personal experience and popular culture Leslie Kern exposes what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities built into our cities, homes, and neighborhoods. Kern offers an alternative vision of the feminist city. Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out an intersectional feminist approach to urban histories and proposes that the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping a new urban future. It is time to dismantle what we take for granted about cities and to ask how we can build more just, sustainable, and women-friendly cities together.