Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Girl Explorers

by Jayne Zanglein
Sourcebooks, 2021, 416 pages. Nonfiction

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. They scaled mountains, explored the high seas, flew across the Atlantic, and recorded the world through film, sculpture, and literature. Some of the women covered in this book include the group’s founder, Blair Niles; mountaineer Annie Peck; author Pearl Buck; pilot Amelia Earhart; and suffragist Margaret Mead.

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