Characteristics of North American Bird Blogs: Gender of Authors
Of 101 bird blogs (out of 119 total) for which the gender of the author(s) could be determined, 65 were authored by males, 27 by females, and 9 by mixed-sex teams. This preponderance of males among authors of North American bird blogs (by a ratio in excess of 2:1) is surprising.
According to the 2001 National Survey of Fish, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (.pdf), U.S. females were more likely than males to engage in wildlife-watching activities (54 percent versus 46 percent of the total wildlife-watching population).
Others can speculate about the reasons for the preponderance of male bird bloggers. I’ll just point out that, although they may be under-represented in number, some of the most prominent of the North American bird bloggers are women; four who immediately come to mind are Laura Erickson, Amy Hooper, Sharon Stiteler, and Julie Zickefoose.
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