SPU professor's latest research: "The Myth of Man the Hunter"

A new research study by a Seattle Pacific University professor gives global and historical evidence that women participated and continue to participate in subsistence hunting as much as men. “There is not a 'man the hunter' and 'woman the gatherer' dichotomy in most cultures,” says SPU Professor of Biology Cara Wall-Scheffler, co-author of the study with four SPU undergraduate students and colleagues. The study was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE.


The researchers analyzed data from foraging societies around the world as well as archeological research and found that women hunt in at least 79 percent of these societies, opposing the widespread belief that men exclusively hunt and women exclusively gather.


To speak with Professor Wall-Scheffler on this latest research, contact Tracy Norlen, director of public information, at tcnorlen@spu.edu.

Posted: Wednesday, July 5, 2023