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Updated on October 17, 2014

Why A Site About Female Explorers?

Why do we need a site about Female Explorers? Why not a site about all explorers? Here's my explanation...

More than a decade ago I moved to a small town in Central California and soon set about learning the history of my new home. One day the newspaper printed a feature about a famous woman explorer (of her time) - Harriet Chalmers Adams - who had been a local resident. I was amazed to find that I had never heard of Ms. Adams! Since that time I have been a passionate researcher and reader of the life stories of women explorers.

You've probably heard of Amelia Earhart and Isak Dinesen, but I'm willing to bet most of you have never learned anything about the lives of phenomenal female explorers like Gertrude Bell, Alexandra David-Neel, Florence Von Sass Baker, Isabella Bird Bishop, or Annie Peck. When the youth of today are asked to name explorers, they commonly mention Magellan, Columbus, Erik the Red, or Lewis & Clark. Nobody ever names Delia Akeley. 

In 1925 four women founded the Society of Women Explorers to fill a need for an organization which would support and encourage women in their explorations. At that time, no other "explorer" organization allowed women members. These four women, Marguerite Harrison, Blair Niles, Gertrude Shelby, and Gertrude Emersen Sen, determined that "geographer" should carry a broad meaning to include such disciplines as anthropology, geology, biology, archaeology, oceanography, ecology, and even specialized aspects of the arts. Today, the Society boasts more than 600 members, yet very few people outside the organization seem to know of its existence.

Women, especially young women, need a resource that will show them the possibilities in their lives. They need a place that will provide them with role models and resources for their personal life exploration. And men, especially young men, can benefit from a site showing that women, too, can be explorers and adventurers in their chosen fields.

So - please join me in an exploration of the lives of women explorers. Be prepared for adventure!

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My Muse - Harriet Chalmers Adams

My Muse - Harriet Chalmers Adams
My Muse - Harriet Chalmers Adams

My First Book About Female Explorers!

Female Explorers - Women Who Dared
Female Explorers - Women Who Dared

I'm happy to announce that the first volume in the Female Explorers series is now available on Amazon!

Female Explorers in Volume 1:Harriet Chalmers AdamsRuth HarknessIsabella Bird BishopMargaret Bourke-WhiteLouise Arner BoydGudridurGertrude BellCarrie Adell Strahorn

 
Harriet Chalmers Adams
Harriet Chalmers Adams

Harriet Chalmers Adams

Confidante of Savage Head Hunters

Harriet Chalmers Adams was an American explorer, writer and photographer from Stockton, California, USA. During her life she traveled through South America, Asia and the South Pacific. In the early 1900s her accounts of her travels were published in National Geographic. She was also a frequent lecturer, using her own color slides and movies to enhance her talks.

Adams' first major expedition was a three-year trip around South America. She and her husband, Franklin Adams, visited every single country in South America and even crossed the Andes on horseback. Regarding that journey, the New York times wrote that she "reached twenty frontiers previously unknown to white women." On subsequent trips she retraced the steps taken by Christopher Columbus' early discoveries in the Americas and crossed Haiti on horseback.

Harriet was also a war correspondent for Harper's Magazine in Europe during World War I. She and Franklin also toured eastern Bolivia during a second trip to South America.

From 1907 to 1935, she wrote twenty-one articles for the National Geographic Society that featured her photographs, including "Some Wonderful Sights in the Andean Highlands" (September, 1908), "Kaleidoscopic La Paz: City of the Clouds" (February, 1909) and "River-Encircled Paraguay" (April 1933). She wrote on Trinidad, Surinam, Bolivia, Peru and the trans-Andean railroad between Buenos Aires and Valparaiso.

Ironically enough, in Harriet's time women were not allowed to join the National Geographical Society as full members. Harriet took of the cause for the recognition of female explorers, and helped launch the Society of Woman Geographers in 1925. She then served as its first president through 1933. .

It has been estimated that Adams traveled more than a hundred thousand miles during her explorations. The New York Times wrote "Harriet Chalmers Adams is America's greatest woman explorer. As a lecturer no one, man or woman, has a more magnetic hold over an audience than she."

Harriet died in Nice, France, in 1937, at age 62. Her obituary in the Washington Post called her a "confidant of savage head hunters" who never stopped wandering the remote corners of the world."

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Harriet Chalmers Adams: Adventurer & Explorer

Harriet Chalmers Adams: Adventurer and Explorer, Second Edition
Harriet Chalmers Adams: Adventurer and Explorer, Second Edition

This wonderful book - written for readers of all ages - is now available in a new second edition!

Harriet Chalmers Adams: Adventurer And Explorer is the true story of one of the most acclaimed female explorers of the early twentieth century.

Not only did Harriet record - in words and photographs - her three-year, 40,000 mile journey through South America, but when WWI broke out 1914, she was the first woman correspondent to travel to the front lines of France.

Later, she was instrumental in organizing the Society of Woman Geographers and even served as the organization's first president!

 

Isabella Bird

Isabella Bird
Isabella Bird

Isabella Bird

If you think you need to be young, healthy and wealthy to be an explorer - think again!

Isabella Bird, often described as "short and dumpy," was over 60 when she had some of her most dramatic adventures, suffered from ill health throughout much of her life, and was a woman of only modest means.

And yet, she is widely recognized as one of the great explorers of the Victorian era.

Isabella Bird published ten books about her travels, numerous articles, and two books of photographs.

She was the first woman to travel up the Yangtze River, and her written accounts of the assassination of the Korean Queen and Japan's invasion of Korea were considered major news stories.

She was the first woman ever to be appointed in the Royal Geographical Society in London, and the first woman ever to address a meeting of that Society.

Quite a list of accomplishments!

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"I've never found my sex a hinderment; never faced a difficulty which a woman, as well as a man, could not surmount; never felt a fear of danger; never lacked courage to protect myself. I've been in tight places and have seen harrowing things." -- Harriet Chalmers Adams

Ruth Harkness

The 'Panda Lady'

Ruth Harkness was an American fashion designer and socialite, who traveled to China after the death of her husband and brought back the first live giant panda to the United States - not in a cage, or on a leash, but wrapped in her arms.

The Giant Panda, today recognized on sight by every schoolchild, was once only a 'phantom animal' to the Western world. No description of this animal even reached Western society until 1869, and it took another sixty-seven years for someone to bring a live panda out of China.

It was not until 1937, some sixty-seven years after the panda's discovery by Westerners, that Ruth Harkness and Gerald Russell captured a live giant panda for the first time. During this period twelve well staffed and equipped professional expeditions failed to collect a single live specimen of the giant panda.

Read More About Ruth Harkness!

List of Female Explorers
List of Female Explorers

List of Female Explorers

Female Explorers and More Female Explorers...

Below you'll find an ever-growing list of female explorers. Feel free to leave me a comment if your favorite female explorer is missing from the group!

  • Harriet Chalmers Adams - Premier Female Explorer of Her Time!
  • Gertrude Bell - "Queen of the Desert"
  • Isabella Bird - Victorian Traveler of the World
  • Margaret Bourke-White - First Female Photojournalist and War Correspondent
  • Louise Arner Body - Arctic Explorer
  • Fanny Bullock Workman
  • Arlene Burns
  • Elisabeth Casteret
  • Constanza Ceruti
  • Emma Shaw Colcleugh
  • Violet Cressy-Marcks
  • Constance Gordon Cumming
  • Sophia Danenberg
  • Alexandria David-Neel - Student of Tibet
  • Laura Dekker
  • Catherin Destiville
  • Eva Dickson
  • Isak Dineson
  • Christina Dodwell
  • Lady Hay Drummond-Hay
  • Amelia Earhart - Pilot
  • Sylvia A.Earle - Oceanographer
  • Isabella Eberhardt
  • Barbara Anne am Ende
  • Jane Franklin
  • Birut Galdikas
  • Lene Gammelgaard
  • Mary Gaunt
  • Isabel Grandmaison y Bruno Godin
  • Frances Wilson Grayson
  • Gudridur - Most Traveled Woman of the MIddle Ages
  • Ruth Harkness - The Panda Lady
  • Margaretha Charlotta Heijkenskold
  • Susan Helms - Alpha's First Female Astronaut
  • Sue Hendrickson
  • Eleanor Hibbert
  • Barbara Hillary
  • Mina Hubbard
  • Mae C.Jamison
  • Amy Johnson
  • Osa Johnson
  • Lois Jones
  • Mary Kingsley
  • Marie-Anne Lagmodiere
  • Annie Lister
  • Elizabeth Mackintosh
  • Ella Maillart
  • Beryl Markham
  • Kate Marsden
  • Mireya Mayor
  • Ynex Mexia
  • Yva Momatiuk
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
  • Anne Morrow-Lindbergh
  • Dervla Murphy
  • Marianne North
  • Annie Oakley
  • Caroline Paine
  • Josephine Diebitsch Peary
  • Annie Smith Peck
  • Ida Pfeiffer
  • Susie Carson Rijnhart
  • Jackie Ronne
  • Emily Ruete
  • Sacajawea
  • Kira Salak
  • Roz Savage
  • Mary Schaffer
  • Sheila Scott
  • Ellen Churchill Semple
  • May French Sheldon
  • Mary Slessor
  • Elinor Smith
  • Lady Hester Stanhope
  • Freya Stark
  • Katherine Stinson

Carrie Strahorn - First White Woman to Tour the Entire Yellowstone Park

Gene Stratton-Porter

Junko Tabei

Mary Anne Talbot

Valentina Tereshkova - First Female Astronaut

Helen Thayer

Alexandrine Tinne

Cindy Lee Van Dover

Florence Von Sass Baker

Lucy Walker

Barbara Washburn

Sarah Wheeler

Adelaide Young

Col. Susan J. Helms: Alpha's First Female Astronaut

Susan Helms, the first woman to live on International Space Station 'Alpha', as a member of the second crew to inhabit the Station, arrived home on earth recently after spending some 5.5 months in orbit.

The Expedition-2 crew, composed of two American astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut, launched on March 8, 2001 onboard STS-102 Discovery and successfully docked with the station on March 9, 2001.

Helms was the first woman to live on the ISS, but the second American woman to live on a space station. The first, Shannon Lucid, spent six months on Russia's Mir in 1996.

Susan was born February 26, 1958, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Later, her family moved to Portland, Oregon, and she graduated from Portland's Parkrose Senior High School in 1976.

After High School, Susan attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, receiving a B.S. degree in aeronautical engineering in 1980. After receiving her commission, she moved to Eglin AFB, Florida, where she served as an F-16 weapons separation engineer with the Air Force Armament Laboratory.

In 1984 Susan was selected to obtain graduate school, and she obtained a M.S. degree in aeronautics/astronautics from Stanford University in 1985.

After receiving her M.S., Helms was assigned as an assistant professor of aeronautics at the USAF Academy. In 1987, she attended the AF Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, California.

After completing one year of training as a flight test engineer, Helms was assigned as a USAF Exchange Officer to the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment, Canadian Forces Base, Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, where she worked as a flight test engineer and project officer on the CF-18 aircraft.

As a flight test engineer, Helms has flown in 30 different types of U.S. and Canadian military aircraft. She was managing the development of a CF-18 Flight Control System Simulation.

"I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others." -- Amelia Earhart

Hear From & About Female Polar Explorers!

Female Polar Explorers

There are so many great female polar explorers!

Ann Bancroft, an American author, teacher, and adventurer was the first woman to successfully finish a number of arduous expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. She was inducted as honorary member of the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1995

Another of my favorite female explorers, Louise Arner Boyd is credited with being the first woman to fly over the Geographic North Pole. She made this trip to the Pole at the age of 67, after having devoted her life to the scientific exploration of the Arctic.

Additional female explorers of note include Sophia Danenberg, Barbara Hillary, Agnes Deans Cameron, Kate Marsden, Ida Pfeiffer, and Helen Thayer!

"Who knows the flower best? The one who reads about it in a book, or the one who finds it wild on a mountainside?" -- Alexandra David-Neel

Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Bell
Gertrude Bell

Learn About Gertrude Bell

"Queen of the Desert"

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell was born in July 1868 to a wealthy, titled and politically active family.

Bell's uncle, Sir Frank Lascelles, was British ambassador at Tehran, Persia. After completing her education at Queen's College in London and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, Gertrude traveled to Persia for a visit.

She spent the next ten years traveling around the world. She also became fluent in Arabic, Persian, French and German as well as also speaking Italian and Turkish.

Altogether she traveled across Arabia six times in the next twelve years.

In partnership with T. E. Lawrence - aka "Lawrence of Arabia", Gertrude helped establish and assisted in the administration of what is now the modern state of Iraq.

"Adventure is worthwhile in itself."-- Amelia Earhart

Learn More About Female Explorers - Watch & Learn!

Do You Have a Favorite Female Explorer? - Let's Talk About Her!

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      giddygabby 10 years ago

      Superb 5* lens. I'll be back when I can spend more in-depth time enjoying the stories of these remarkable women. Who was the Englishwoman who traveled alone in Persia around the turn of the last century and possibly into the 20s or 30s? I've been trying to remember her name for ages.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great Inspirational website ! You might like my lens:

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Great 5* Lens. We love Isabella Bird and recently created a lens about her. Thanks for sharing this info.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      other female explorers could be backpackers

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      dwnovacek 6 years ago

      @ZablonMukuba: Absolutely! That's a great comment and suggestion. I hadn't really considered backpackers as explorers, but you know what? I think they definitely could be considered as such. Thanks for the comment!

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      Now that's what I call a serious "power surge." Great women, great lens.

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      warganet 6 years ago

      Mulan is my Paforite female explorer. nice lens gals :D

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I think a lens about female explorers is an excellent idea. The first woman I thought when I saw the title was Amelia Earhart. It's nice to see intro on other women too. Love it.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Awesome site! I really enjoyed reading it.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      This is a great lens - I have lensrolled it to my 'Unsung Heroes' lens and shall feature it within that lens, hopefully today.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Been poorly so labouring a bit - only just managed to attend to my promise/threat to link to your lens from my 'Unsung Heroes' lens. It's in the 'Possible future entries' module, if you want to take a look.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great tribute lens and well presented information. Featured this on Motivation.

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Susan Helms was born exactly 4 years before me but I didn't know that until now.

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      TheresaMarkham 6 years ago

      Wow! Fabulous lens about a topic that I'm waaaay under-educated about!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Female explores broke more than one barrier to be the people they are. These are super heroes in my book.

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      *blessed* by a squid angel;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Such inspiring and brave Ladies , yes they deserved to be put in limelight.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fantastic idea for a lens. Well done, highlighted some wonderful women. In school (a very long time ago), I don't recall learning about any women explorers, even what I know of Amelia Earhart was learned outside of school.

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      Great topic.

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      Marelisa 6 years ago

      One of my favorite female explorers is Roz Savage, who was the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. Very interesting lens!

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      AlisonMeacham 6 years ago

      Squid Angel Blessings to you for a wonderfully researched and written lens.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      How fantastic, and inspirational

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      Joyce T. Mann 6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      A wealth of information here! Brava!

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      Dinostore 6 years ago

      This is SO interesting, read through the whole thing! Thumbs up and fav'd. Great job!

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago

      A fascinating lense and a great read. Thank you.

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      patriciapeppy 6 years ago

      great lense

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Do you know about ladyadventurer.co.uk? It's a site dedicated to female travel writers. Next month we have writing by Felicity Aston who led an international all woman team through Greenlamd, an interview with Sarah Outen (who is currently travelling around the world by kayak, bike and rowing boat) and, looking forward to the next generation of talented women who travel, a profile piece on Kat Waters - the 2010 Young Travel Photographer of the Year.

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      This is an amazing lens! :):):) My favorite explorer on your list is Gertrude Bell -- she accomplished so much during a time when women were only expected to be domestic! Such a tragic death too. Amelia Earhart has been a long time favorite of mine as well. You have compiled a list of some remarkable women here. Wonderful tribute!

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      Johan 6 years ago from Belgium

      Great idea of making a lens on female explorers.

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      davidber 6 years ago

      Great lens

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      BikerBarry 6 years ago

      Awesome topic. What about Beatrice Blackwood?

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I admire many of these explorers. I am just reading The Source and the digs are really interesting.

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      AllyVuitton 5 years ago

      This is a real eye-opener lens, as we don't hear about that many female explorers! Thanks.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 5 years ago

      Wow! When I think of explorers, I always think of men. Earhart is the only one I knew of until now. *blessed*

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I love this lens. What an important tribute to such extraordinary women. Very inspiring. One of my personal favorites is Ann Bancroft. Thank you for spotlighting women who teach us to know no limits. **Blessed**

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      JackNimble 5 years ago

      Super Coooool! I love history and unfortunately, in school history involves old dead white guys. It is always good to learn about the variety and different flavors of history that oftentimes gets missed.

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. Seems history concentrates on male explorers and female explorers are pushed to one side.

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      Runnn 5 years ago

      Cool. They are extremely brave. Awesome lens.

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      AlisonMeacham 5 years ago

      Excellent and very comprehensive resource which I am going to use for homeschooling. Squid Angel Blessings to you

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      MadamRo LM 5 years ago

      I love this lens. I work in elementary education and I am striving to find ways to educate children that their path in life is not defined or limited by their gender. This list of female explorers and their achievements is an inspiring resource.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What about strong women of the 17th century? Every time I look it up, I see royalty. What about the lower- and middle-class women who wouldn't take no for an answer?

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      Deeksha 5 years ago

      Loved it...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Harriot Adams ... great pioneer in her days.

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      CrazyPirate 5 years ago

      Ah yes, female explorers are more important than male pirates. At least that's what me special lass tells me all the time.

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      anupma lm 5 years ago

      I have several names. Your lense is great. I love it. I am also a strong feminist.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      What a fascinating array of strong, accomplished women!! I love this lens!!

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Wow what an inspriring lens!! Love it. Each one that I read,. I thought, shes my favorite then id go to the next lady and think the same thing. Great strong women!!

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      This is fascinating! Thanks for sharing all your research with us!

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Very informative lens, beautifully put together. Thank you for sharing this, I learned a lot.

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      peppervel 5 years ago

      thanks you so much for introducing me to so many great female explorers. Before this lens, I only heard of Amelia Earhart! Read books on her.

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      I don't have a favorite female explorer but if I wore a hat I would tip it to all the pioneers in our past, female and male. The hardships were just ordinary life for them. Nice lens.

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      MsBrightside LM 5 years ago

      This is a great lens -- inspired me to get out and explore whenever I can, even if it's just in my own backyard. ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. Kudos!

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Such a welcome topic! How sad that it's been custom not to learn about the women, right along with the men. Thank you for this. I'm bookmarking it to come back and read more.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Very informative! We enjoyed studying about Mary Kingsley and Mary Slessor when learning about Africa.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful Lens! Best wishes :)

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      robertsugar lm 5 years ago

      How about exploring females? :)

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      @robertsugar lm: Now THAT would be a whole different kind of lens! :)

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Wow - you've highlighted some very inspiring women. If I were to have a muse from the list I think I'd have to go with Ms. Isabella Bird. :)

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      Very intriguing lens about Female Explorers!

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      rangiiria 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens - thank you

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Scientists are also explorers today and more so in future. That's where I have focused. Your topic is inspiring indeed ! Also, congrad on your 100 lense trophy. Just got mine yesterday. Hope our path crosses again. Thanks.

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Great chosen topic, very informative, complex and accurate lens.

      Thumbs up for you!

      And glad to see woman seen from a different perspective - most probably as she is, in fact! :)

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      10incbellevue 5 years ago

      Great stuff. I'm always looking for ways to motivate others and analogies to use. This lens really helps. Thanks!

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      hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I don't have a favorite female explorer yet... This is the first I've heard of many of these women! It's inspiring to read about them!

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      Edit Photos 5 years ago from Earth

      Great lens!

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      williemack58 5 years ago

      This lens has definitely been an adventure. One question that comes to mind is, have there been any black female explorers? I would appreciate an answer to this question 23squidoo. Thank You.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Great lens! Keep up the good work! thumbs up

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      @williemack58: WillieMack - that is a very, very good question! I've done a little research and found that, as hard as information about female explorers is to find, information about *black* female explorers is even more difficult to locate. And THAT means, now I'm even more motivated to find some! I did locate a little information about Sophia Danenberg, who in 2006 became the first African American and first black woman from anywhere in the world to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest in the Himalayas. Also, Mae C. Jemison who was the first African-American woman in space! I'll be on the search for more of these ladies to add to my sites. Thanks for the question!

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      seegreen 5 years ago

      Wonderful page! I have a big interest in Amelia Earhart, probably because I enjoy aviation so much.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good lens....well done

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, love the history on female explorers, very interesting. Blessed *

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Returning to leave you a blessing. I love reading about these women. We have both featured Isabella Bird. I'm going to read up on more of the explorers you featured. I have read extensively about Ann Bancroft. Always wanted to do what she has done in terms of polar expeditions. We are both native Minnesotans. Thanks again for this outstanding lens. Appreciated!

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Absolutely captivating. I can't wait to explore all the links you provided!

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Awesome!! What an abundance of information! Thanks for sharing this. I can't wait to show it to my daughter!

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Duh ... where have you been all my life ??? We have so much in common .... Great lens and has earned a spot in my History Pavilion. Keep 'em, coming, eh ....

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      what a great lens -- a much-needed history lesson.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      This was an award winning lens, the purple star was appropriate. I don't have a favorite female explorer (not enough information) but you have provided valuable history here with your writing. I really enjoyed this work. See you around the galaxy...

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      congratulations on earning a Purple Star on this most interesting lens!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is a wonderful compilation of female explorers. Thank you!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      What about plant hunter and painter Marianne North? I haven't looked her up but IF my memory serves me correctly, she hunted plants in jungles with full Victorian / Edwardian dress! Kew Gardens in London has a collection of her paintings.

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      @BLouw: Thank you so much for the information on Marianne North! I do believe she would fall into the category wonderfully and look forward to researching her life!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these great resources.

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I love your list. I'll be checking out these ladies more. Great lens.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Some interesting history here. Thanks for sharing it.

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      DentalTourism 5 years ago

      Interesting and comprehensive. On behalf of my daughters, thank you.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I appreciate the sharing of these intrepid female explorers. It's always been my contention that a woman can do anything she sets her mind to do, and this lens bears that out. Thanks for sharing these stories.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Great Lens and information.

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      SomethingAboutC 5 years ago

      Yes, Amelia Earhart.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      My choice would be less obvious: Marie Curie. She was heck of a scientist and really great mind.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, Sacajawea has to be my favorite woman explorer.

      Its nice to stop by here again, and read all the comments.

      There are some remarkable ladies in history that led the way! :)

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I belong to a group of women explorers on Flickr.

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      Nice lens! Another great one is Mary Schaffer. She explored much of what is now Jasper National Park in Canada.

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      GuitarForLife LM 5 years ago

      Interesting lense. I've never even heard of some of these women

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      Matt_Lowe 5 years ago

      I feel somewhat foolish for not knowing about many of these great women.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      *Isabelle Autissier, first woman to compete in solo, nonstop, young the world sailing race....1996.

      *Sara Wheeler in Antarctica, mid 1990s

      *Florence Bascom, US Geologic Service in 1930s

      *Ellen Churchill Semple (1863-1932), president of Association of American Geographers in 1921

      *Annie Smith Peck (1850-1935), Explorer, American geographer

      *Fannie Bullock Workman, (1859-1925), mountaineering expeditions

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      EnjoyLens 5 years ago

      Very nice lens, great job!

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      dwnovacek 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Awesome additions to the list - thanks so much for sharing!

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      I have enjoyed your lens, thank you:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a splendid lens. I learn many information from it.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I really enjoyed this lens. I have always been a big fan of women :-)

      TonyB

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      eccles1 4 years ago

      I can see why you won the Purple Star !!

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Such an amazing lens! These women are so inspirational.

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      StillPlaysWithT 4 years ago

      I love airplanes and aviation, so my favorite female explorer is Amelia Earhart.

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I really enjoyed reading that!

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      moralblogger lm 4 years ago

      What a great lens! I've read all the books regarding explorers such as Mungo Park, Stanley, Livingston and Burton etc, but I've yet to read one by a female explorer. I'll have to get on the case!

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      JeromyS7 4 years ago

      I read a book years ago about life in the pioneer days in Western Canada, in my hometown, Bella Coola. This story was unique in that it is the womans perspective. The woman's name is Isabel Edwards, she and her husband built a remote homestead, had children and survived on their own deep in the coast mountains. Her book is titled "Ruffles on My Longjohns". It is a really fun read and gives an intimate look at just how life was, living off of the land, far removed from even a small town. She was an amazing woman, being from Bella Coola, I am proud of her as a part of our history, one of the very first European settlers.

      Interestingly, we lived next door to her daughter, whom was an elderly lady herself when we met her. She bought the land next to us and proceeded to build a small log home, a log fence around the whole property and cleared areas for her cows, which she used for milk and to make butter, (which was so yummy!) Such strength and stamina she is an amazing person and I always felt a likely duplicate of her mother, the subject of the aforementioned book. She would be well into her 80's by now and I wouldn't be surprised if she still milks her cows!

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      dwnovacek 4 years ago

      @JeromyS7: Thank you so much for sharing this story! I'm going to try to find a copy of the book myself - it sounds like a great read.

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      steverayg13 4 years ago

      This is a great, informative lens! Thank you for sharing!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Great lens and well done! :)

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      Yes, we only hear of the men explorer, never the female explorers. Why should the guys have all the fun?? :) A lot of great information that we should know about. Great lens!!

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      comfortyourfeet 4 years ago

      Love, love this lens--I am sojourner-1 in another squid world...and I love to explore and learn about new places. Great lens!

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      michalk lm 4 years ago

      Not an explorer - but I do have female heroes

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      touchreader 4 years ago

      Thank you for shedding some light on a much neglected subject. Inspiring to say the least. We need to hear more about these neglected heroine's.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How about Alice Eastwood, pioneer SW botanist and intrepid desert explorer?

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      dwnovacek 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Dana - Thanks for the new name - I'll add her to my list!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Fascinating list! I truly hadn't heard of most of these women. I'm so glad you wrote this article and I hope many educators find this. Also, you might want to add Jane Goodall to your list.

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Blessed-It has to be Ruth Harkness for me

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Blessed-It has to be Ruth Harkness for me

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      osciviada 20 months ago

      I love the knowledge on your web site. Thanks a bunch!

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