Girls & Mother Nature: What’s the problem?

Whether you call it the “outdoor adventure gap” or by some other moniker, we seem to have a gender problem when it comes to outdoor recreation.

Why are women and girls so much less likely to spend time enjoying nature?

“We’re leaving our girls behind—and inside.

According to the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Report by the Outdoor Foundation, a scant 20 percent of women enjoy outdoor recreation by the time they are 66. This is in marked contrast to the 40 percent of men still participating in their 60s. And it could have its roots in the findings of a 2012 JAMA Pediatrics study indicating that preschool girls are 16 percent less likely to be taken outside to play by their parents than boys of the same age. As the children grow up, the gap widens. While 59.4 percent of girls ages six through 12 participate in outdoor activities, that number drops by a whopping 4 percent by the time they reach their teenage years. And starting at age 26, girls’ participation continues its steady decline.

So, what gives?”

READ MORE:
https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/mother-natures-gender-problem

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