Type of Thesis
Dr. Mara Goldman
Dr. William Travis
This paper explores the positive effects of female-only outdoor education on the empowerment and self-esteem of women and girls. The author researches the different methods outdoor education programs and organizations use to facilitate an environment in which this empowerment can occur through an extensive literature review and personal interviews of participants, instructors, and directors. These methods include, but are not limited to, female-only settings, the wilderness solo, overcoming fears, and the acquirement of technical outdoor knowledge. The author also argues the empowerment of women and girls depends on the geographical context of the wilderness; these programs would not be as effective if they had an urban foundation. Women and girls acquire useful tools, such as survival knowledge, conflict resolution, defining self-desire, and so on as a result of their experiences in the wild. These tools can transcend into their everyday lives, creating a positive long-term impact in which they can overcome life’s greatest obstacles as women in a patriarchal society.
Massa, Catarina, "Wild Women: The Positive Transformation of Women and Girls Through Female-Only Adventure Education" (2015). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 967.
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