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Moving forward: increasing female leadership in birding

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, and the author of The ABA Field Guide to Birds of Illinois. When not at home gardening, Michael is often leading tours for BRANT Nature Tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his husband, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. Michael also runs QBNA, the continent's informal club for LGBTQ+ birders. A former chair of the Indiana records committee, he is an eBird reviewer for Mexico, Illinois, and Indiana.
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