The world is full of stories about women who have done a marvellous job in their respective fortes. Brave, strong and inspiring women have set records and made history by taking the extraordinary route. Read the stories of five women who have outshined themselves with their incredible journey’s around the world. By Ishani Singh
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SARAH MARQUIS She is a Swiss explorer, who first ran away from home at age six, heading into the woods with her backpack and her dog Sultan. Her love for nature she turned into a career, as a speaker, writer, adventurer and explorer. Marquis cites a trip she took to New Zealand in her twenties as the first time she "actually got in touch with the wild". She spent a month in Kahurangi National Park without bringing any food. Her subsequent travels included canoeing through Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada, camping in Patagonia, and hiking the United States' Pacific Crest Trail. In 2000, she walked border-to-border across the United States in four months, and she spent seventeen months of 2002–03 walking across Australia, covering a total distance of 14,000 km. In 2006, she followed part of the Andes from Chile to Machu Picchu,7000 km for eight months. From 2010 to 2013, she walked 20,000 kilometers alone from Siberia to the Gobi Desert, into China, Laos, Thailand, and then across Australia. In 2011, she gave a TED talk and in 2014 she was named one of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year. She wrote books: "Wild by nature", "Desert`s altitude", "The desert hiker", "L’extraordinaire destin de d`joe" (only in French). #feminism #grittywomen #feminist #feminismeveryday #strongwomen #powerfulwomen #womenadventurers #womenempowerment #women #womensday #adventure #adventuretime #sarahmarquis #womeninadventure #womeninthewild #hiking #wilderness
A Swiss adventurer and explorer, Marquis travelled between 2010 and 2013 and walked alone from Russia to Australia, across Siberia. Marquis pulled a 54 kg cart that consisted of her clothes, equipment and supplies. She was harassed by a group of Mongolian men, threatened by drug dealers, and sometimes disguised herself as a man for security reasons. Sarah walked for approximately 20,000 kilometres on her three-year journey and was awarded one of the National Geographic Adventurers of the Year prizes in 2014.
At the age of 25, this brave woman set out on a mission to travel 196 Sovereign Nations on July 24, 2015 which she completed over an impressive 18 months and 10 days. She became the first woman and fastest person to travel to the nations. After spending two days to two weeks in each of the destinations, Cassie completed ‘Expedition 196‘ on February 2, 2017. She also collected water samples around the world for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.
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Intrepid Traveler: Annie Londonderry. First woman to cycle around the world. In 1895, Annie Londonderry, a Boston journalist by trade, was offered a bet by two gentlemen – could she travel the world on a bicycle – in 15 months and also earn $5,000 along the way? The men weren't so sure a woman could take care of herself all alone. But she took the bet – and before a crowd of over 500 people waving her off from the Massachusetts Statehouse, set off on her 42-pound Columbia bicycle. She earned the money by posing along the route for photographs, jauntily dressed in men's riding gear, and also renting space on her bike for advertisements. So she cruised along, with jaunts on steamships and trains – from Boston to Europe to Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and made her way back to the US through San Francisco (much like Nellie Bly in her 72 day around the world tour just six years before.) A true and much admired "Bloomer Girl." "I am a journalist and a 'new woman' if that term means that I believe I can do anything that a man can do." – Annie Londonderry #fiercewomen #annielondonderry #bloomergirl #aroundtheworldbybicycle #womenshistorymonth #whm19 #womenshistory
Annie Londonderry was the first woman to cycle around the world between 1894 and 1895. She shifted from skirts to bloomers and to a man’s suit during the course of her journey which she completed in a period of 15 months on a 42-pound Columbia bicycle. The badass woman took up the journey after accepting a challenge which fetch $10,000 upon succeeding in her mission. Annie’s brave act was highly commendable coming from a time when women were viewed as incapable of doing physical labour.
4) Junko Tabei
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Brave Woman Snippets featuring Junko Tabei who was a Japanese mountaineer. She was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and the first woman to ascend all Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent. From 1958 to 1962, Tabei studied English literature and education at Showa Women's University, where she was a member of the mountain climbing club. After graduating, Tabei formed the Ladies Climbing Club: Japan (LCC) in 1969. The club's slogan was "Let's go on an overseas expedition by ourselves", and was the first of its kind in Japan. Tabei later stated that she founded the club as a result of how she was treated by male mountaineers of the time; some men, for example, refused to climb with her, while others thought she was only interested in climbing as a way to find a husband. Ladies, She worked against the odds to fulfill her dreams, putting all the negative comments to rest so she could make something of herself. So, work against the odds that is ahead of you, know that you can be more than a conqueror. Women are powerful if only they trust in who they can be. #honestlybrave #womenempowerment #strongwomen #fashion #feminine #forceofnature #junkotabei #mountaineering #mountaineer
Junko Tabei was a Japanese mountaineer who is remembered as a strong figure of bravery and persistence. Fifth among the seven daughters of a family where she was considered a weak child, Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and to go up all Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent. The Japanese Women’s Everest Expedition (JWEE) began the expedition early in 1975 and twelve days after encountering an avalanche, on 16 May 1975, Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Everest.
5) Laura Dekker
Laura Dekker is a Dutch sailor who went on a two-year solo sailing voyage around the globe at the age of 14, on her boat, ‘Guppy’. She became the youngest sailor to go on a round-the-world quest. Even though the woman faced a lot of opposition, particularly legal, given the tremendous risks of sailing the high seas alone, she stood adamant upon taking the journey. The trip took her 518 days to complete and has been compiled in ‘Maidentrip‘, an 82-minute documentary directed by Jillian Schlesinger.