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Women and Wilderness

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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 speleo ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 12th 1984 by Sierra Club Books (first published 1982)
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Joyce
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 And while it's a little outdated, the general theme and the stories of these women are timeless.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 other
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Chana
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 pr ...more
Mary
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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-conventiona ...more
Anne
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ecology, non-fiction
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.
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Anne LaBastille was an American author and ecologist. She was the author of more than a dozen books, including Woodswoman, Beyond Black Bear Lake, Woodswoman III, Woodswoman IIII, Assignment:Wildlife, and Women of the Wilderness. She also wrote more than 150 popular articles and over 25 scientific papers. She received her doctorate degree in Wildlife Ecology from Cornell University in 1969. She al ...more
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