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There has been much discussion raised about "Why are women leaving Architecture? and more broadly, Why is the profession losing key talent?"  Both women and men practitioners are disillusioned by the myth of work/life balance: Women are grappling with "have it all" expectations of juggling family time with the demands of full-time work.  Men are struggling to support their families solely on an architect's salary and fall back on asking spouses to maintain their jobs. The lack of affordable childcare and high cost of living only magnifies the challenges.  How did we end up in this modern family dilemma? What can we do to improve the situation?

Announcing EQxD Actions!

Equity by Design is excited to announce EQxD Actions, a new series of short posts that will provide you with opportunities to act on promoting equity. Every Monday, we will be posting an action describing something you can immediately do to help make our profession (and hopefully, the world) a bit more equitable for everyone. Every post will contain an image that will quickly summarize the action and a text description below the image which will provide details on difficulty level, how to do the action, why it is important, and further reading on the topic.

In addition to posting on the website, the main ways in which we will be sharing these actions are through Pinterest and email subscription. Our EQxDActions Pinterest Board is an especially important option for following these posts as you can use Pinterest’s new “Try It” feature to provide feedback on whether or not the action worked for you!

Please click here to check out our EQxD Actions! Also, if you decide to share any of our actions, please use #EQxDActions to help brand the effort. It will greatly help us on Social Media! We look forward to sharing these actions with you on a weekly basis.

*If you have suggestions for possible future EQxDActions, please email us at with the subject line “EQxDActions Suggestion”.