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Mother Nature Gender Problem

The Sierra Club's recent article, "Mother Nature's Gender Problem," draws attention to the pronounced gender disparity in who is being taken outside and participating in outdoor activities. Starting from a very young age, children who identify as girls are spending more time indoors than children who identify as boys.

Do you think this gender gap is due to nature, nurture, or a mixture of both? What can we do to narrow the gap?

Kids are great observers, and I'm sure they notice a lot from those around them and the content they watch. I find it hard to imagine that girls would instinctively play outside less. Perhaps we could crowdsource some great gender-neutral or female-empowering books/shows/programs that show girls playing outside more?