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Hadid blames dearth of female architects on the demands of family life

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August 22 2012

Hadid blames dearth of female architects on the demands of family life
Influential architect Zaha Hadid has spoken out against the lack of female architects via a stint on CNN’s Leading Women, claiming that it is “not possible” for women to balance work, home and children.

Hadid told the programme: “I think that women once they became more liberated they want to do everything themselves. You know the woman has to do everything. Work, do the house, the child and I think it's not possible there is too much to do.”

Recalling her own personal battles Hadid revealed that initially she didn’t care to be labeled as a ‘woman architect’ at all, an attitude informed by male colleagues who used to “tap me on the head and say you are ok for a girl.”

Confirming that she is now comfortable with the sobriquet Hadid concluded: “But I see the incredible amount of kind of need from other women for reassurance that it could be done, so I don't mind that at all.”

The comments come as campaign group Women in Property revealed that women account for just 15% of those employed in property and construction.

4 Comments

dirige
#1 Posted by dirige on 22 Aug 2012 at 12:14 PM
Things are changing though, in my years at the Mac, -just- over half of the students were female.
ladybird
#2 Posted by ladybird on 22 Aug 2012 at 13:42 PM
Yes! just as it was in my year (more than several years ago).... and I have watched the majority of my female colleagues meet someone (usually an architect!) - marry.. have children..and drop off the radar. Ms Hadid is correct - its simply not possible to have it all. Very telling that she has never married or had children.
Les
#3 Posted by Les on 22 Aug 2012 at 15:23 PM
University intake is approx. 50/50, yet women are grossly under-represented both in practice and in the institutes that represent architectural practice. We have to get to grips with why & when there is this drop-off.
wonky
#4 Posted by wonky on 24 Aug 2012 at 19:38 PM
Miss or Mrs (?) Hadid does have a lovely dark ring though.

It looks like a miniature Highland targe.

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