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Jul. 29 - 2019

For more than 20 years, Antarctica Travels has been proudly ran by women and we’d like you to join us on a quick chronology of some of the most worldly known groundbreaking ladies who have made their way to polar exploration.

The Seventh Continent has been always mysterious and unreacheable. Still, registers confirm that the first female explorer to be around antarctic regions was Louise Séguin alongside Yves Joseph de Kerguelen in 1773.

But the first woman to actually set foot was Ingrid Christensenon who landed at Scullin Monolith. She was followed by a group of four other female explorers that included her daughter, Augusta Sofie Christensen.

Ingrid Christensen (left) and Mathilde Wegger on a voyage in 1931 — Sandefjord Whaling Museum via Wikimedia Commons

A more scientific-based journey was that of the russian and Soviet Marine Geologist Maria Vasilyevna Klenova. She spent nearly 30 years conducting research about the Polar regions. Maria set out to map uncharted areas of the Antarctic coast. Thanks to her quest, her findings helped to produce the first Antarctic atlas.

In 1971, New Zealand Limnologist Ann Chapman lead a three-week biological survey of the frozen lakes in the Taylor Valley, making her the first woman to lead an Antarctic expedition. Lake Chapman, in Antarctica's Ross Sea Dependency, bears her name.

In 2012, Felicity Aston became the first woman to cross Antarctica alone, and the first person to do it using only her own muscle power. Earlier, between 2000 to 2003, she served as a senior meteorologist on Adelaide Island, at the Rothera Research Station operated by the British Antarctic Survey.

Felicity Aston portrait - Wikimedia Commons

Women Who've Explored the North Pole

Over the last several hundreds of years, courageous explorers have set out to investigate, document and experience the Arctic's sprawling, wild landscapes. These adventurous women couldn’t resist the Arctic’s allure.

Journalists in the 1920s, called Louise Arner Boyd,  ‘The Girl Who Tamed the Arctic,’ thanks to her escapades in the far north aboard the Hobby, previously sailed by Roald Amundsen. Throughout the 1930s, Boyd explored the rugged, wild east and north coasts of Greenland, studying their fascinating culture and wildlife en route.

In 1997, Caroline Hamilton organized the first all-female North Pole expedition. Over 200 women responded to an ad she had placed in the newspaper; 60 faced physical tryouts, and 20 amateur adventurers eventually joined her history-making expedition.

We could go on enumerating more incredible woman making their way to polar areas, but we believe it’s important that you make your own research since it’s impossible to name them all at once in one single article.

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