She will be discussing one approach to the study of women's relationships with the environment: the study of women's experience of the environment within the context of action research. Drawing upon her involvement with various women's organizations, particularly with single parents' associations, her presentation will examine why the women's movement has focussed little attention on the environment, why women are very little involved in the planning process and how one can work at bridging the gap by doing qualitive research into women's lives and by initiating, at the same time, actions in order to implicate them in decision making about their environment. This action research approach is seen as a necessary complement to a more traditionnal approch to planning for women's changing roles: its emphasis bears on building a city with women given (or taking) the power to create their own visions and plans.