Women Explorers

In 1966 Lars-Eric Lindblad led the first-ever expedition to Antarctica for citizen explorers. Of the 56 intrepid travelers who signed on to go where only explorers and scientists had gone before, 37 were women—clear evidence that the desire for adventure and exploration is female, too. So, we celebrate female explorers, current and former. Click each photo below to learn who they are and what they do.


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Felicity Aston

“My first job after graduating from University was with the British Antarctic Survey as a meteorologist at Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island.  I spent three summers and two winters back to back in Antarctica without ever leaving during that time. It got me hooked on the Polar environment in general and on Antarctica in particular.”



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Alyssa Adler

Caitlyn Webster

Kristin Hettermann

Ella Potts

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Elise Lockton

Isabella Lindblad

Maya Santangelo

Pamela Fingleton

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Jenny Kingsley

Heidi Norling

Johanna Garcia

Willowdean Handy

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Bette Lu Krause

Sisse Brimberg

Michelle Rider &
Sara Henstam

Hilda Sarmiento

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Stacy Rivett

Sylvia Earle

Kathy Sullivan

Zaria Forman

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Jennifer Burgin

Jeanne Baret

Jen Martin

Ana Esteves

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Krista Rossow

Annie Fiske

Bessie C. Sweeney

Tierney Thys

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Eva Saragosa

Sarah Culler

Dora the Explorer

Wanny Woldstad

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LYnn Fowler

Sharon Grainger


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