The Intrepid ’20s Women Who Formed a Global Exploration Society

Each of the four women who gathered for tea in an apartment on New York’s Upper West Side on a blustery winter day in early 1925 had something in common: They were all explorers in an age of homemakers.

Over the previous decades, the women—Marguerite Harrison, Blair Niles, Gertrude Shelby and Gertrude Emerson—had collectively covered hundreds of thousands of miles across five continents. Each had written extensively about the cultures, geographies and economies they had encountered in their work, but their contributions went under-appreciated by the public, which saw the woman explorer as mere novelty.

Their solution: establishing the Society of Woman Geographers.

role: Author
outlet: Atlas Obscura
publication date: April 2017
category: History

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