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Gender in Geography


Geography in the United States has traditionally been, and remains, a male-dominated discipline. According to various data sources, currently around two-thirds of geographers are male and one-third are female.

The following data and report gives a picture of the gender balance in geography among AAG members, at K-12 level (teachers and students), in higher education (faculty and students), and in the workplace. The most current statistics are set alongside longitudinal data which reveal changes over time, and comparative data to place trends in geography within a broader context.

The primary data sources were: AAG annual membership data, AAG supplemental surveys, National Center for Education Statistics, and The College Board. The AAG's data is made available in an Excel spreadsheet.

Geographers by Gender summary report

AAG data (until 2017) by gender


Further resources and links

Articles on gender in geography 
A list of journal articles and other references

Gender and geography groups
Formal and informal groups in North America and internationally

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Each thematic section features different datasets and analytical reports, as well as links to external sources of data and research.