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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Harriet Chalmers Adams
Confidante of Savage Head Hunters
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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"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
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- Amelia Earhart - Pilot
- Sylvia A.Earle - Oceanographer
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- 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
- 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
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