What is it about?

Women own or co-own approximately half of the farmland in Iowa, United States, yet researchers are only beginning to study these landowners’ social relationships in relation to their land. This study finds that gendered social control of conservation knowledge and networks limits the participation of women landowners and slows conservation goals on the landscape.

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Why is it important?

Agricultural conservation goals require full participation of agricultural landowners and farmers. Gendered social control of knowledge and networks needed to make landscape change limits women landowners from implementing conservation change.

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Why conservation must take gender inequality into account: Social norms constrain women landowners’ actions, but intervention is possible

Angie Carter
Michigan Technological University

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This page is a summary of: “We Don’t Equal Even Just One Man”: Gender and Social Control in Conservation Adoption, Society & Natural Resources, April 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2019.1584657.
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