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Women in the Antarctic

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Whether you know nothing at all about the Antarctic or actually live and work there, you'll enjoy reading Women in the Antarctic. You'll read many fascinating firsthand accounts of the women whose courage and undaunted spirit of adventure made the Antarctic much less remote to the world's social and scientific communities.

The only book of its kind, Women in the Antarctic recounts the journeys of over 36 women--Navy personnel, research psychologists, scientists, members of the ...

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Whether you know nothing at all about the Antarctic or actually live and work there, you'll enjoy reading Women in the Antarctic. You'll read many fascinating firsthand accounts of the women whose courage and undaunted spirit of adventure made the Antarctic much less remote to the world's social and scientific communities.

The only book of its kind, Women in the Antarctic recounts the journeys of over 36 women--Navy personnel, research psychologists, scientists, members of the ASA (Antarctic Support Associates), and the American Women's Trans-Antarctic Expedition team members. You'll hear their voices and stories rise above the chilling howl of the Antarctic wind and come to understand the social and interpersonal impact such nontraditional female behavior had--and still has--on the world. Specifically, you'll read about:

  • women and risk-taking
  • women and nontraditional roles
  • the scientific and environmental expeditions of women
  • the Antarctic's social, environmental, and psychological impact on women
  • the firsthand accounts of female research scientists, Navy personnel civilian staff, and expedition members

    How much do you know about the Antarctic? Better yet, how much do you know about the female pioneers who braved the blizzards, subzero temperatures, and isolated conditions to bring back crucial geographical and scientific data? For the most part, their stories have remained untold, encased in ice--until now. Don't let the overcrowded conditions and fear of isolation turn you back. Read Women in the Antarctic and trek back in time with the women who chiseled a permanent historical niche in the coldest and most challenging region of the world.

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Offers first-person accounts of women whose courage and spirit of adventure made the Antarctic much less remote to the world's social and scientific communities. The 36 women include Navy personnel, psychologists, scientists, and members of the Antarctic Supporters Association and the American Women's Trans-Antarctic Expedition team. Includes b&w photos. Paper edition (1-56023-914-X), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Women Pioneers 15
If You Fail, There Won't Be Another Woman on the Antarctic Continent for a Generation 17
If Women Are in Science and Science Is in the Antarctic, Then Women Belong There 31
Women Explorers 41
We Persevered in a World That Did Not Want Us to Succeed, and We Did, and We Did It Together 43
Survival Mode 59
Skiing with the Big Girls: An Intense Experience of Relationships in an Incredible Environment 69
I Really Felt That There Were Spirits on the Continent That Were Taking Care of Us 81
Studying Polar Women 87
Women Scientists 91
You Just Get to Stand There and See How Nature Reacts to You 93
I Was Amazed at How Much I Was Affected by Antarctica 105
I Get a High from the Antarctic 115
It's Just Not a Routine Stop in Life 127
Women Navy Personnel 137
This Is Kind of Like Being on the Moon 139
I'm Glad I Did It, But I Can Never Turn the Clock Back to Spend Those Six Months with My Son 145
I'm More Adventuresome Than the Guys Who Went to Work on Wall Street 151
Women Civilian Contractors 161
A Little Slice of Heaven 163
The Silence Was Incredible 173
I Went to Antarctica When My Children Were All Married 181
I Don't Mean to Exaggerate When I Say It Was the Best Decision I Ever Made 189
Discussants 195
Navy Women in the Antarctic 197
Women Out of Place: The Gendered Geography of Antarctica 211
The Psychology of Social and Personal Life on an Isolated Frontier: U.S. Women in the Antarctic 221
App Interview Questions: Women in Antarctica 237
Index 241
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