Women Explorers

A collection of extraordinary sailors, mountain climbers, dog sledders, swimmers, pilots and daredevils.
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Peggy Whitson is the first woman to command the International Space Station.

Peggy Whitson is the first woman to command the International Space Station.

Astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36 flight in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36 flight in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Self portrait of Tracy Caldwell Dyson in the Cupola module of the International Space Station observing the Earth below during Expedition 24.

Self portrait of Tracy Caldwell Dyson in the Cupola module of the International Space Station observing the Earth below during Expedition 24.

Isabelle Eberhardt ( 17 February 1877 - 21 October 1940) was a Swiss explorer who relocated to Algeria, converted to Islam and dressed as a man. She was an ardent supporter  of indigenous North Africans and wrote extensively on anti-colonialism.

Isabelle Eberhardt ( 17 February 1877 - 21 October 1940) was a Swiss explorer who relocated to Algeria, converted to Islam and dressed as a man. She was an ardent supporter of indigenous North Africans and wrote extensively on anti-colonialism.

Amelia Earhart ( 24 July 1897 -  disappeared 2 July 1937) was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic.

Amelia Earhart ( 24 July 1897 - disappeared 2 July 1937) was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic.

Edith Durham (8 December 1863 – 15 November 1944) was an artist and writer who became famous for anthropological accounts of life in early 20th century Albania.

Edith Durham (8 December 1863 – 15 November 1944) was an artist and writer who became famous for anthropological accounts of life in early 20th century Albania.

Fanny Bullock Workman ( 8 January 1859 - 22 January 1925) was a geographer, cartographer and travel writer who not only was one of the first female professional mountaineers, she set several altitude records and championed women's rights.   Here she is holding up a newspaper that reads "Votes  for Women".

Fanny Bullock Workman ( 8 January 1859 - 22 January 1925) was a geographer, cartographer and travel writer who not only was one of the first female professional mountaineers, she set several altitude records and championed women's rights. Here she is holding up a newspaper that reads "Votes for Women".

Alexandrine Tinne in de Haagse Kazerne (circa 1860), public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Alexandrine Tinne in de Haagse Kazerne (circa 1860), public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Alexandrine Tinné (17 October 1835 – 1 August 1869) was an explorer of Africa and, despite many personal tragedies on her journeys, she persevered, even making significant geographical and scientific contributions from her expeditions.

Alexandrine Tinné (17 October 1835 – 1 August 1869) was an explorer of Africa and, despite many personal tragedies on her journeys, she persevered, even making significant geographical and scientific contributions from her expeditions.

Annie Edson Taylor (24 October 1838 - 29 April 1921) had a passion for danger: she was the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls...in a barrel.

Annie Edson Taylor (24 October 1838 - 29 April 1921) had a passion for danger: she was the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls...in a barrel.

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