TRAVELING LADIES - PIONEER WOMEN EXPLORERS
Ever since i started my blog, Traveling Lady, I wanted to make a tribute to women explorers in the history that i admire. This women not only inspired me but they also helped me to sink into my brain that anything you can think is possible. I hope you enjoy the their stories as much as i do :)
1-)JEANNE BARET (1740 – 1807) FIRST WOMAN TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE GLOBE
Jeanne Baret was the first woman to circumnavigate the globe , as a member of the famed Louis Antoine de Bougainville expedition. She dressed as a man because at that time women weren't allowed on French Naval Ships. At that times, she was lover of the botanist Philibert de Commerson and she made her was through the ship as Jean, assistant of Philibert de Commerson. In addition to making history, she contributed to discovery of many plant species.
2-) NELLIE BLY (1864-1922) FIRST WOMEN TO TRAVEL THE WORLD IN 72 DAYS
Nellie Bly was a journalist who was working at the age of "stunt" journalism. Her investigative articles about mental hospitals led to big reform on health system and made her very famous internationally. After that she was offered totake a challenge to travel the world within 79 days which is even shorter than Around the World in Eighty Days's record. She took the challenge and then she stepped on to a ferry to reach London. After that she went to Amiens, France where she met Jules Verne ,the writer of Around the World in Eighty Days. On following days she went to Brindisi-Italy, Port Said-Egypt, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Francisco and returned to New Jersey in a time of 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes.
3-) GERTRUDE BELL (1868-1926) THE WOMAN WHO DRAW BORDERS OF IRAQ
Gertrude Bell was a linguist, archaeologist and first woman to receive a first class degree in History from Oxford. She traveled around the world twice. One day she decided to visit her uncle in Tehran and amazed by the Middle East. She learned Arabic language and studied archeology. In Bashra, talked with so many locals and earned respect of the Iraqi people. She also met future kings Abdullah and Faisal. She helped Iraq to achieve self-rule and contributed to drawing borders of the country. Now, she is buried in Capital of Iraq that she helped to form. Recently, a movie named "Queen of the Dessert" is being recorded which was based on her life and Nicole Kidman plays her part.
4-) VALENTINA TERESHKOVA (1963 - ) FIRST WOMAN TO GO TO SPACE
This very inspirational women was born into a poor family. She began working at the age of 10 to support her family. Years later, she was became an amateur parachutist. This skill of her contributed her selection as a first women to fly in space out of 500 candidates. She spent 3 days in space. She said, "I see the horizon. A light blue, a beautiful band. This is the Earth. How beautiful it is! All goes well."
5-) JUNKO TABEI (1975- ) FIRST WOMAN TO SUMMIT EVEREST
Japanese Junko Tabei became the first woman to summit Everest. She was selected by Yomiuri newspaper among hundreds to climb the worlds highest peak. Although she lost conciousness for six minutes when they were camping, she managed to became first women to summit Everest. Now, her goal is to climb highest peaks all over the world !