ASLA celebrates Women History Month

The American Society of Landscape Architects recently released a video statement celebrating Women’s History Month delivered by ASLA President Wendy Miller, FASLA.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for ASLA and the entire landscape architecture profession to reflect on how far women have come on the road to equality. But it’s also time to reflect with candor and openness on how far we still have to go.”

ASLA President Wendy Miller, FASLA.

According to the best available data, only around 27 percent of licensed landscape architects – and only about 30 percent of firm principles – are women.

There has been progress in recent years, both in the profession and in leadership roles within the organization. But Miller acknowledges that there is more to be done.

“Change isn’t accidental – it’s intentional,” Miller says. “We must work together to make change grow in our profession.”

ASLA President Wendy Miller, FASLA.

ASLA celebrates women who made important contributions to the development of the landscape architecture profession in the United States for Women’s History Month. Women have been active in ASLA since its formation in 1899 and have played major roles in its governance and membership.

ASLA has highlighted several women landscape architects over the years who were pioneers in their field, including Jane Silverstein Ries, FASLA, the first female landscape architect in Colorado and third to be licensed in that state. ASLA founding members include Beatrix Jones Farrand (1872-1959), Marian Cruger Coffin (1876-1951), Ellen Biddle Shipman (1869-1950), Annette Hoyt Flanders (1887-1946), Marjorie Sewell Cautley (1891-1954), and Martha Brookes Hutcheson (1871-1959).

Go to the ASLA to learn more about ASLA Women History Month

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