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Wild girls : how the outdoors shaped the women who challenged a nation  Cover Image Book Book

Wild girls : how the outdoors shaped the women who challenged a nation

Miles, Tiya 1970- (author.).

Summary: A National Book Award-winning, New York Times best-selling historian shows how girls who found self-understanding in the natural world became women who changed America. Harriet Tubman, forced to labour outdoors on a Maryland plantation, learned a terrain for escape. Louisa May Alcott ran wild, eluding gendered expectations in New England. The Indigenous women's basketball team from Fort Shaw, Montana, recaptured a sense of pride in physical prowess as they trounced the white teams of the 1904 World's Fair. Celebrating women like these who acted on their confidence outdoors, Wild Girls also brings new context to misunderstood icons like Sakakawea and Pocahontas, and to under-appreciated figures like Gertrude Bonin, Dolores Huerta and Grace Lee Boggs. For the girls at the centre of this book, woods, rivers, ball courts and streets provided not just escape from degrees of servitude but also space to envision new spheres of action. Lyrically written and full of archival discoveries, this book evokes landscapes as richly as the girls who roamed in them-and argues for equal access to outdoor spaces for girls of every race and class today.

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  • ISBN: 1324020873
  • ISBN: 9781324020875
  • Physical Description: 172 pages : 11 illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton and Company, 2023.
Subject: Outdoor recreation for women United States History
Women and the environment United States History
History of the Americas
20th century, c 1900 to c 1999
19th century, c 1800 to c 1899
United States of America, USA
Gender studies: women & girls
Social & cultural history
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century

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