Gabriella Hoffman
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While promoting her new Sportsman Channel show “Amazing America” in California last week, Sarah Palin told reporters her show will inspire young women to discover the outdoors.

She said, “I think this world would be better off having more young women holding a fish in a picture and fewer of them holding their camera in front of a bathroom mirror doing a selfie."

The former Alaska governor is absolutely correct.

In a time where female empowerment is exuded by championing so-called “reproductive rights” and support for cradle-to-grave government, being self-reliant is the contrarian thing to do. Thanks to poor role models like Miley Cyrus, a hypersexualized culture, and radical feminism, young women are craving alternatives to the status quo. Many women are tired of subscribing to groupthink and seeing their femininity undermined in the name of “equality.”

What better way to break the mold than to escape to the outdoors?

Much to the dismay of the female establishment, more women are taking up fishing, hunting, and shooting.

In August 2013, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and The Outdoor Foundation released a report that found a spike in fishing participation among women and children. 47 million people went fishing in 2012 compared to 46.2 million in 2011—a net gain of 870,000 new anglers. Of those new anglers, 41 percent were female.

With respect to hunting, the number of female hunters surged 25 percent between 2006 and 2011. Even left-leaning National Geographic admitted that more women enjoy hunting because it’s fun and allows them to bond with their families:

Hunting is a way for women to be outdoors and enjoy nature while spending time with husbands and children who hunt.

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Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman works at Morton Blackwell's Leadership Institute as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator.