|March 2nd, 2004||#1|
Encarta Celebrates "Women's History Month"
What the fuck is this bullshit? White men don't get their own month but every other worthless pile of fucking shit does?
You Go Girl: 7 Women Explorers
Columbus, Livingstone, Eriksson, Lewis and Clark--you've heard their stories. But what about the ladies? How come we never hear about women who explored the world? Well, here's your chance to meet seven extraordinary adventurers.
1. In 1869, Dutch explorer Alexandrine Pieternella Françoise Tinné set off to become the first European woman to cross the Sahara Desert. Unfortunately, on a side trip to visit a Tuareg tribe, she was robbed and murdered by her guides.
2. In 1892, Isabella Lucy Bird Bishop became the first woman to be elected to the Royal Geographic Society. She began her travels at age 21, when her family sent her on a sea voyage hoping that the travel would be good for her health. She ended up circling the globe three times, at times traveling by elephant.
3. Ida Reyer Pfeiffer of Austria was a smart traveler. She wrote books about her adventures, which then financed further travels. Upon returning from a trip around the world (1847-1848), she wrote A Lady's Voyage Round the World (published in English in 1852), which made her an international celebrity, and ship owners offered her free passage on seagoing vessels.
4. American May French Sheldon was inspired to explore by her friend Anglo-American explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley. In the 1890s she became one of the first white women to visit parts of eastern and central Africa.