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Justice for All: Women in Outdoor Education

  • Sarah A. Dubreuil Karpa
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)

Abstract

Maintenance of normative gender roles combined with societal expectations leads to the subjugation of women in the outdoors. These expectations are reinforced by those in the media, who perpetuate sexist perceptions with their portrayal of women. This gender bias and sustainment of normative gender roles leads to women questioning their own abilities, resulting in lower participation rates of women in the outdoors. Prejudicial gender treatment is not confined to outdoor programming as it has been observed in postsecondary outdoor education programmes. Through the exploration of personal experience and literature review, social justice is highlighted as being essential in outdoor education training programmes in order to initiate change within the outdoor industry.

Keywords

Social justice Gender Outdoor education Gender bias 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah A. Dubreuil Karpa
    • 1
  1. 1.CalgaryCanada

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