Blazing a Trail … Together: The Need for Mentoring and Collaboration Amongst Women in Outdoor Leadership

  • Mary Ellen Avery
  • Christine Lynn Norton
  • Anita Tucker
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


Based on a narrative inquiry with women outdoor leaders, in this chapter, the authors discuss how women experience gender whilst becoming outdoor leaders, including gender socialization and the internal and external resources that facilitate the path to leadership. The chapter utilizes in-depth narrative inquiry to recognize barriers to participation with a goal of increasing participation through constructing effective strategies to counter those barriers, primarily through mentoring and collaboration. In the data, mentorship was identified as a key motivator for female participation. An unanticipated indication that emerged was an episodically evolved desire amongst all participants for social justice in outdoor recreation. All the women outdoor leaders developed a desire to be agents of social change in the adventure education industry and demonstrated actions towards these ends.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Ellen Avery
    • 1
  • Christine Lynn Norton
    • 2
  • Anita Tucker
    • 3
  1. 1.OaklandUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkTexas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA
  3. 3.Department of Social WorkUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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