The Girl Who Rode a Shark: And Other Stories of Daring Women

The Girl Who Rode a Shark: And Other Stories of Daring Women

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Overview

An inspiring biographical collection celebrating the adventurousness and ingenuity of girls and women around the world.

Now more than ever, the world is recognizing how strong women and girls are. How strong? In the early 1920s, Inuit expeditioner Ada Blackjack survived for two years as a castaway on an uninhabited island in the Arctic Ocean before she was finally rescued. And she’s just one example.

The Girl Who Rode a Shark: And Other Stories of Daring Women is a rousing collection of biographies focused on women and girls who have written, explored, or otherwise plunged headfirst into the pages of history. Undaunted by expectations, they made their mark by persevering in pursuit of their passions. The tales come from a huge variety of times and places, from a Canadian astronaut to an Indian secret agent to a Balkan pirate queen who stood up to Ancient Rome.

Author and activist Ailsa Ross gives readers a fun, informative piece of nonfiction that emphasizes the boundless potential of a new generation of women.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772780987
Publisher: Pajama Press
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 628,710
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Ailsa Ross is an author, editor, and fact-checker. Born in Scotland, she studied law with a focus on women’s and human rights. Her work on the topic of inspirational women began on social media before expanding into the world of books. She lives in Alberta's Jasper National Park with her family.

Amy Blackwell is a freelance artist based in Nottingham, England. She works in several media including painting, printmaking, and clothing design. Her art has appeared in a variety of physical and digital settings, from magazines to Instagram. Her voracious passion for her craft is often fuelled by her fondness for pancakes.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 7


THE ARTISTS 8

Women with boundless curiosity, gigantic dreams, and a desire to share their amazing

experiences with the world – in the form of writing, painting, photography, dance and music.

LADY SARASHINA, The lady-in-waiting who became the first travel writer 10

Known for her adventures in: Japan

MARIANNE NORTH, The flower hunter who painted over a thousand plants 12

Known for her adventures: Around the world

ISABELLA BIRD, The Victorian lady who became a photojournalist 14

Known for her adventures: Around the world

NELLIE BLY, The superstar reporter who changed the world by writing about it 16

Known for her adventures: Around the world

ZORA NEALE HURSTON, The anthropologist who practiced voodoo 18

Known for her adventures in: Haiti

FREYA STARK, The flower farmer who explored Iran’s Valleys of the Assassins 20

Known for her adventures in: The Middle East

EMILY HAHN, The writer who walked across the Congo 22

Known for her adventures in: Present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo

JOSEPHINE BAKER, The cabaret siren who became an activist and spy 24

Known for her adventures in: France and Morocco

MIHAELA NOROC, The photographer who captures the beauty of women around the globe 26

Known for her adventures: Around the world


THE PIONEERS 28

Women who have blazed trails from the mountains to the plains.

These adventurers have broken big ground for the rest of us.

TEUTA, The pirate queen who stood up to Ancient Rome 30

Known for her adventures in: Ancient Illyria (present-day Balkans)

ISOBEL GUNN, The fur trapper who crossed the Canadian wilderness in disguise 32

Known for her adventures in: present-day Canada

SACAGAWE,A, The teenager who joined America’s biggest expedition 33

Known for her adventures in: present-day United States

AMELIA EARHART, The pioneer pilot who soared over oceans 36

Known for her adventures: Around the world

BERYL MARKHAM, The pilot who broke an Atlantic record 37

Known for her adventures in: Africa and over the Atlantic

ADA BLACKJACK, The castaway who survived alone on an Arctic island 40

Known for her adventures on: Wrangel Island

LUCY NABIKI TAKONA, The female safari guide challenging expectations 42

Known for her adventures in: Kenya

AISHOLPAN NURGAIV, The teenage eagle hunter bringing back a 2,000-year-old tradition 44

Known for her adventures in: Mongolia



THE SCIENTISTS 46

Women who have voyaged from the deepest seas to outer space

in their quests to understand the world around us.

MARIA SIBYLLA MERIAN, The painter who traveled to Suriname in search of butterflies 48

Known for her adventures in: Suriname

JEANNE BARET, The first woman to sail around the world 50

Known for her adventures: Around the world

WANG ZHENYI, The astronomer who traveled across eastern China 52

Known for her adventures in: China

YNÉS MEXÍA, The explorer who proved science is for everyone 54

Known for her adventures in: Mexico

SYLVIA EARLE, The biologist who led the first all-women team of scientists to live underwater 56

Known for her adventures in: the ocean

ROBERTA BONDAR, The astronaut who became the first neurologist in space 58

Known for her adventures in: space

NALINI NADKARNI, The dancer who became a treetop scientist 60

Known for her adventures in: Costa Rica

BOLORTSETSEG MINJIN, The paleontologist making dinosaur studies accessible to everyone 62

Known for her adventures in: Mongolia


THE ACTIVISTS 64

Women who have dared to speak up, kick down barriers, fight

injustice and make the world a better place – whatever it takes.

Naomi Wadler, The student advocating for victims of gun violence 66

Known for her adventures in: USA

JOAN OF ARC, The teenage warrior who fought for France 68

Known for her adventures in: France

NZINGA, The queen who became a fierce fighter 70

Known for her adventures in: present-day Angola

BESSIE COLEMAN, The pilot who opened the skies to everyone 72

Known for her adventures in: France and the USA

WHINA COOPER, The Ma-ori activist who marched 600 miles for land rights 74

Known for her adventures in: New Zealand

GERTRUDE BLOM, The anthropologist who became one of the first environmental activists 76

Known for her adventures in: Mexico

Shannen Koostachin, The teenager who fought for education in First Nations communities 78

Known for her adventures in: Canada

NOOR INAYAT KHAN, The Indian princess who became a secret agent 80

Known for her adventures in: France

ANITA RODDICK, The entrepreneur who traveled the world to create ethical cosmetics 82

Known for her adventures: Around the world

SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH, The Nobel Prize winner giving a voice to the survivors of conflict and disaster 84

Known for her adventures in: the former Soviet Union


THE ATHLETES 86

Women who have pushed themselves to the very limits of their

capabilities in pursuit of bold goals and ambitions.

ANNIE LONDONDERRY, The first woman to circumnavigate the world by bicycle 88

Known for her adventures: Around the world

DIANA NYAD, The champion who swam from Cuba to Florida 90

Known for her adventures in: the Florida Strait

CHERYL STRAYED, The writer who sparked a hiking revolution 92

Known for her adventures in: the USA

KIMI WERNER, The freediving chef who rode a shark 94

SILVANA LIMA, The surfer who refuses to take “no” for an answer 96

Known for her adventures in: Brazil

ARUNIMA SINHA, The amputee athlete who climbed Mount Everest 98

Known for her adventures in: the Himalayas

MIRA RAI, The soldier running the world’s most challenging trail races 100

Known for her adventures in: Nepal

LAURA DEKKER, The teenager who sailed solo around the earth 102

Known for her adventures: Around the world

ASHIMA SHIRAISHI, The teenager being called the best rock climber of all time 104

Known for her adventures in: Around the world

JADE HAMEISTER, The polar explorer who hit back at bullies from the South Pole 106

Known for her adventures in: the Arctic Circle and Antarctica


THE SEEKERS 108

Women who have journeyed in search of meaning,

love, safety – the things that make a life.

ISABEL GODIN, The noblewoman who became lost in the Amazon rainforest 110

Known for her adventures in: the Amazon

HESTER STANHOPE, The gentlewoman who became Queen of the Desert 112

Known for her adventures in: Syria

ALEXANDRA DAVID-NÉEL, The Buddhist opera singer who entered the forbidden city of Lhasa 114

Known for her adventures in: Tibet

ISABELLE EBERHARDT, The explosive writer who explored the Sahara Desert 116

Known for her adventures in: Algeria

ROBYN DAVIDSON, The wanderer who crossed 1,700 miles of Australian desert to the Indian Ocean 118

Known for her adventures in: Australia

MANON OSSEVOORT, The adventurer who drove a tractor from Europe to the South Pole 120

Known for her adventures in: Europe, Africa and Antarctica

NUJEEN MUSTAFA, The teenager who journeyed from war-torn Syria in a wheelchair 122

Known for her adventures: Across Europe


GLOSSARY 124

Back Matter: Indigenous people referenced in this book & a bit about geography 127

Acknowledgments 128

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