Inspired by civic action, equality movements around the world, and the personal experience of its founders – Rebecca Leonard, Gina Ford, Cinda Gilliland, Steven Spears and Jamie Maslyn Larson – WxLA emerged in 2018 as a vocal advocacy initiative for gender justice in landscape architecture. WxLA raises awareness for the challenges that prevent womxn from reaching their highest potential, provides information about the barriers to womxn and strategies for change and celebrate new models of working. In its first two years, WxLA spearheaded action-oriented initiatives such as the (first-ever) Women’s Landscape Equality (re)Solution, a dynamic media presence including an instagram campaign and website, and a successful WxLA Scholarship.
From five founders to thousands of followers and volunteers, WxLA is a mobilized and empowered movement, providing a voice for womxn in the profession, a mechanism for enacting change and an inspiration to legacy and next-generation practitioners alike. WxLA will continue to welcome collaborators, build momentum through action and send a message to the world about the profession’s commitment to equality.
Communications at WxLA is managed by Elsa Mark-Ng and the scholarship program is managed by Autumn Visconti.