Her Money or Her Time: A Gendered View of Contemporary Transport Policy

This paper reports on recent research and trends for women’s transportation policy and planning in the United States. From among the wide range of factors that influence outcomes for women in cities, the authors focus on two key areas of major contemporary change in transportation policy: public transit and transportation finance. Both areas have responded to a wide range of policy goals, including energy, health, the environment, and climate change. In so doing, policy and planning have converged on one major goal: reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT). However socially laudable in other dimensions VMT reduction may be, policy and planning based on this goal have gone forward largely without addressing or allowing for the related equity consequences that derive from social norms and institutions that contribute to gender inequality, including wage discrimination, gender segregation of labor markets, and household roles and labor divisions. A review of the scant literature on women’s time poverty finds that anything that increases the time costs or uncertainties of auto travel is likely to disproportionately affect women and that public transit provision has not in the short term provided an effective substitute.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 78-93
  • Monograph Title: Women's Issues in Transportation: Summary of the 4th International Conference. Volume 1: Conference Overview and Plenary Papers
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01331218
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309160766
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 7 2011 1:21PM