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Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women Who Challenged a Nation

Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women Who Challenged a Nation

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An award-winning historian shows how girls who found self-understanding in the natural world became women who changed America.

Harriet Tubman, a Maryland plantation slave, found her escape route in the land. Louisa May Alcott ran wild, defying gender norms in New England. Indigenous women basketballers from Fort Shaw, MT, reclaimed their dignity through 1904 World's Fair victories. Tracing women who explored outdoors, Wild Girls highlights Sacagawea, Pocahontas, Zitkála-Šá (Gertrude Bonnin), Dolores Huerta, and Grace Lee Boggs, showing the influence of nature on independence, invention, and vision. Through lyrical writing and archival finds, it honors these women, calls for equal outdoor access for all young women, and celebrates the outdoor experience.

 

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