The Girl Explorers: The Untold Story of the Globetrotting Women Who Trekked, Flew, and Fought Their Way Around the World

The Girl Explorers: The Untold Story of the Globetrotting Women Who Trekked, Flew, and Fought Their Way Around the World

by Jayne Zanglein


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Never tell a woman where she doesn't belong.

In 1932, Roy Chapman Andrews, president of the men-only Explorers Club, boldly stated to hundreds of female students at Barnard College that "women are not adapted to exploration," and that women and exploration do not mix. He obviously didn't know a thing about either...

The Girl Explorers is the inspirational and untold story of the founding of the Society of Women Geographers—an organization of adventurous female world explorers—and how key members served as early advocates for human rights and paved the way for today's women scientists by scaling mountains, exploring the high seas, flying across the Atlantic, and recording the world through film, sculpture, and literature.

Follow in the footsteps of these rebellious women as they travel the globe in search of new species, widen the understanding of hidden cultures, and break records in spades. For these women dared to go where no woman—or man—had gone before, achieving the unthinkable and breaking through barriers to allow future generations to carry on their important and inspiring work.

The Girl Explorers is an inspiring examination of forgotten women from history, perfect for fans of bestselling narrative history books like The Radium Girls, The Woman Who Smashed Codes, and Rise of the Rocket Girls.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781728215242
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 385,626
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations xiii

Cast of Characters xvii

Author's Note xxii

Prologue: Banned xxvii

Part 1 Mere women 1

Reckless 3

A Place of Their Own 21

Go Home Where You Belong! 39

A Mere Woman 63

Reno-vation 89

Part 2 Early advocates for human rights 101

The Prison Special 103

The Backwash of War 123

Birth of a Nation 135

Part 3 The "girls" of the tropical research station 145

Wanted: A Chaperone 147

Too Many Girl Pictures 163

Part 4 Advocating for black people, gay men, and french prisoners 189

Imprisoned by Whiteness 191

Condemned to Devil's Island 203

Gay Harlem 221

Races of Mankind 231

Part 5 Networking women 247

Only a Passenger 249

Friction 265

Networking 279

Part 6 Paving the way for women today 289

The Matilda Effect 291

Seeing with Both Eyes 305

Epilogue: The Loss Will Be Ours 317

Members of the Society for Woman Geographers 321

Selected Bibliography 323

Abbreviations 328

Illustration Credits 329

Notes 333

Acknowledgments 374

About the Author 377

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