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A recent study of 7,505 high school students found that simply discussing the issue of sexism had a measurable positive effect on the problem by making people aware that it existed. Fortuitously, Birder’s Guide had just asked a variety of birders to share their thoughts about women in birding! In this issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community they reflect on progress so far and–as Rue Mapp eloquently advocated for in last year’s issue–what positive steps forward we birders can take to promote more female leadership in the birding community.

Simply click on the image below to be directly linked to the article. Access is free–just one of the resources the ABA provides to the birding community.

What do you think about the authors’ comments? What steps do you think can be taken to move us further down the path toward increased inclusivity? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Michael Retter
Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of the ABA's newest magazine, Birder's Guide. He also wears his ABA cap while working as a Technical Reviewer for Birding magazine. When not at home, Michael is often leading tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his fiancé, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. In his fleeting free time there, he pursues interests in horticulture (especially orchids), music, cooking, and numismatics. Michael also runs GBNA, the continent's informal club and email list for LGBT birders.
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  • Rick Wright

    Greatly looking forward to reading this thoroughly. Meanwhile, I have to wonder whether the phrase “girl birders” is the sort of language one wants to be using even humorously: I understand that it’s uttered with a wink and a sly smile, but I don’t see how, even in a world whose governing trope seems to have become irony, it can help move things along.

    • Liz Deluna Gordon

      I’m a girl.

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