WOMEN- UNSUNG HEROES
Behind many of the world’s best adventures is a female explorer who didn’t experience the fame that some other adventurers get. Sure, you’ve heard of Amelia Earhart, but have you heard of any of the following four ground-breaking women?
Allison Hargreaves – English Mountaineer. (1963-1995)
In May 1995, Hargreaves broke two huge barriers: She climbed Moount Everest without the help of oxygen or a Sherpa. She had climbed other mountains while heavily pregnant, and she faced down criticism from some who said that a mother should not put herself in danger. In doing so, she braved a path for other female climbers. She died in 1995 on K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Her son, who was six years old at the time, is determined to climb K2 in her memory.
Ellen MacArthur-English Sailor Supreme
When she broke the record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe by boat in 2005, Ellen MacArthur was not just the best woman, but the best period, in the sport. Her achievements helped quash prejudices about women’s inferiority in long-distance sailing. After retiring from competition in 2010, Ellen announced the launch of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity set up to inspire people to re-think, re-design and build a sustainable future. Ellen’s marital status is not recorded!!
Watch out for more ‘unsung’ women….there are so many….and I, personally have not heard of many of these wonderful women. This site is determined to rectify this situation. Paula.