Women Explorers

A collection of extraordinary sailors, mountain climbers, dog sledders, swimmers, pilots and daredevils.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Alexandra David-Néel (24 October 1868 – 8 September 1969) wrote over 30 books about Eastern religion, philosophy and her travels. Her teachings influenced the beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. A true adventurer, she traveled to Tibet when it was forbidden to foreigners.

Alexandra David-Néel (24 October 1868 – 8 September 1969) wrote over 30 books about Eastern religion, philosophy and her travels. Her teachings influenced the beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. A true adventurer, she traveled to Tibet when it was forbidden to foreigners.

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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".

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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.

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Amy Johnson (1 July 1903 – 5 January 1941)  was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia and set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. She flew in World War II as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary.

Amy Johnson (1 July 1903 – 5 January 1941) was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia and set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. She flew in World War II as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary.

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Wanda Rutkiewicz (4 February 1943 – 12 May 1992) was the first woman to successfully climb summit K2.

Wanda Rutkiewicz (4 February 1943 – 12 May 1992) was the first woman to successfully climb summit K2.

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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.

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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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