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Wildlife ecologist Anne LaBastille is a pioneer in the growing movement of women into wilderness-oriented careers. In this groundbreaking book, she documents this phenomenon, profiling fifteen remarkable women ranging in age from twenty-one to seventy whose lives and professions center on the outdoors. Some are field scientists or hold technical jobs--a zoologist, a speleoWildlife ecologist Anne LaBastille is a pioneer in the growing movement of women into wilderness-oriented careers. In this groundbreaking book, she documents this phenomenon, profiling fifteen remarkable women ranging in age from twenty-one to seventy whose lives and professions center on the outdoors. Some are field scientists or hold technical jobs--a zoologist, a speleologist (cave explorer), a builder of log houses--others have forged unique, self-reliant lifestyles in wilderness homesteads. These women, LaBastille herself among them, constitute a new and important category of role models for young women.LaBastille also looks at the complex web of social and psychosexual factors that have alienated women from wilderness in the past and shows how feminism and the rise of environmental consciousness have allowed the "wilderness within women" to emerge. Updated with a new Afterword for this edition, Women and Wilderness offers exciting career ideas and inspiration for women everywhere....

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ISBN : 9780871568281
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Women and Wilderness Reviews

  • Joyce
    2018-10-29 14:04

    A great history of women and their role in forging the frontiers -the West and the Wilderness! A bit dated, but still very interesting. The profiles of the women LaBastille has chosen were excellent reminders of those women who pave the way for us through the "man's" wilderness. We've always been there, sometimes quietly working behind the scenes to make lives for ourselves and our families in the wood, deserts and prairies of this great country. #womeninthewilderness #annelabastille

  • Meg
    2018-10-21 13:25

    Anne LaBastille is a great researcher and writer! I recommend to any woman looking to venture out and see new wide open spaces, it'll give you a good push of womanly confidence!

  • Melissa
    2018-11-06 19:28

    This was a pretty inspiring book. Combining the outdoors with some of the women who pioneered their way into the fields of science and nature, it's not surprising that you'd get a book filled with strong women and interesting careers. And while it's a little outdated, the general theme and the stories of these women are timeless.LaBastille is a well known wilderness women herself, who has written many books about her experiences in the Adirondacks. But in this book, she chooses to focus on others. The first section is a history of women and what brought them to the wilderness. Their stories range from following husbands out West to wanting land of their own. Then she moves into modern day women (or at least modern when the book was written) who have all pursued careers in the fields of nature and science and have really paved the way for other women looking to enter the field. These women range from biologists, herpetologists, log cabin builders and more. And each lady gets her own section in which LaBastille highlights her talents.In the first part, we get a little sense of each of the historical people in the book. In confess, they weren't as interesting, probably because it was harder to relate to them and their experiences. But the modern women, oh it brought about the want to go off into the woods and do something good for nature. Each woman had such an interesting story and a struggle to get to it in some cases. They all shared a love of wilderness of course, but also an exuberance for life that was very catching. And LaBastille does a good job of getting those emotions across. And even though this book can probably be categorized as feminist, it wasn't degrading to men at all. It was just focused on women and their achievements.As said before, I wasn't quite as connected to the first part of the book. It read more like a history textbook and was kind of disjointed. But the stories about the women, those are what I really enjoyed. They just seemed to be living and loving their lives and they did such good for the world. It's hard for me to believe that by the time I read this book, many are dead and the others are quite elderly now. They just feel so alive, like they are still out there working and doing what they've always been doing. And aside from just showcasing women in these jobs, it also highlighted the jobs themselves. There were a lot of things, like the women who worked for the Olympics, preserving the area around the ski slopes, that I wouldn't have even imagined could be a job. And really, the list of books on the subject or written by these women, is reason enough to read this book. My to-read list just grew by a mile I think. But I do have to say that you could tell this was written in the seventies. For almost every woman, an astrological sign was somehow mentioned.This is a well put-together book. Not only does it highlight some important women who were just a bit "wild", it showed that anyone can do any job, as long as they have the passion and want for it.Women and WildernessCopyright 1980308 pagesReview by M. Reynard 2013 More of my reviews can be found at

  • Chana
    2018-10-31 19:09

    The beginning of this book reads like a school paper, "In this chapter I shall describe in a general way the women who participated in the opening of the American wilderness...." I was worried the whole book would have this boring and pedantic tone. However, things improve as she continues to write. The "Frontier Women: Case Studies" was interesting. Then the book has its true merit in the 15 profiles of women who have been involved in wilderness living or research and conversation. The women profiled are very interesting and most have made significant contributions to the conservation of our natural world.

  • Mary
    2018-11-17 15:25

    I love reading Anne LaBastille's books -- she writes in a way that you feel as though you're sitting down to a cup of coffee with her . . . in this book the tables were turned; she interviewed other outdoorwomen that she wanted to have coffee with. The book is 25+ years old and it's interesting to read about what LaBastille thought was important to note at that time like what sign of the zodiac they were, if they were married, and how their family and friends came to accept their non-conventional careers. Many of these women were pioneers in the naturalist-track and met with some resistance along the way by their male counterparts -- mmmm, some things just don't change with time.

  • Anne
    2018-11-18 13:10

    I was sad to learn that ecologist and author, Anne LaBastille, had passed away in 2011. This is such an inspiring book, profiling fifteen women who chose a life and a career in the wilderness, and at a time when they were forging new paths of exploration for women in the sixties and seventies. It has been interesting to follow the lives of these women today and discover the many contributions that they, like Anne LaBastille, have made to our world. An excellent book.

  • Krista
    2018-10-18 15:03

    This was a great book. I wish I had read it in college, super inspiring. I particularly enjoyed the addition of some unexpected women, like the hunter/housewife/writer and the writer for Field and Stream, who lives in NYC. There were a couple that I found annoying, but even their stories were compelling. The best part: a whole new list of books to read. The lamest part: how the author worked in each women's astrological sign.

  • N Klepacki
    2018-11-03 15:22

    I've been a longtime fan of Anne LaBastille - wish I'd discovered her when I was in my twenties - I firmly believe I'd have had a much different, more self-sufficient life. While her radicalism at times can be off-putting, all in all I find her work to be thought-provoking, deeply insightful and challenging.

  • Rhonda
    2018-11-12 17:16

    It did start out like a school paper or thesis, but did improve, nice writing style, even though nearly 40 years ago, women and wilderness has changed as has society, but good read

  • Autumn
    2018-10-22 16:16

    Not all I hoped it would be. The book itself feels dated, and the profiles of women were not as in-depth as I would have liked. Interesting concept though.