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Fanny Bullock Workman (January 8, 1859 – January 22, 1925) was an American geographer, cartographer, explorer, travel writer, and mountaineer, notably in the Himalayas. She was one of the first female professional mountaineers; she not only explored but also wrote about her adventures. She set several women's altitude records, published eight travel books with her husband, and championed women's rights and women's suffrage.

Alexandra David-Néel in Tibet, 1933 (24 October 1868 – 8 September 1969), was a Belgian-French explorer, spiritualist, Buddhist, anarchist, and writer.

Freya Stark--a famous British explorer and travel writer, who wrote more than 2 dozen books on her travels through Arabia, Iran, and Afghanistan. In her lifetime Stark was famous for her experiences in the Middle East, her writing and her cartography. She was one of the first Western women to travel through the Arabian deserts (Hadhramaut), often traveling solo into areas where few Europeans, let alone women, had ever been. As a woman who travels the middle east alone often, I have SO MUCH…

Gertrude Bell. Mountaineer, linguist, intrepid explorer & consummate stateswoman. Her archaeology work is referenced by scholars today. Her extensive travels in Greater Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor & Arabia made her an expert in languages & cultures. She helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in what is today Jordan as well as in Iraq, playing a major role in establishing & helping administer the modern state of Iraq, utilizing her travels & relations with tribal leaders in the Middle…

9 trailblazing female explorers

Harriet Chalmers Adams (October 22, 1875 – July 17, 1937) was an American explorer, writer and photographer. Adams served as a correspondent for Harper's Magazine in Europe during World War I. She was the only female correspondent permitted to visit the trenches.

Rachel Carson, "(May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement."

Adventurer, spy, and archaeologist Gertrude Bell was a visionary who drew the borders of Iraq, helped install its first king and established the Baghdad Museum of Antiquities... and more! Click thru to read about this incredible woman >>

Ida Tarbell. Ida Tarbell, a leading “muckracking” journalist of the Progressive Era, died today in 1944. Learn more about women in the Progressive Era: