In an era when women are conquering heights and breaking boundaries of gender in every field ranging from literature, politics, medicine, and anything under the sky, it increases our curiosity to know those brave women of past who have paved a stepping stone for us to walk on. It must have been difficult for them to break certain stereotypes and think beyond social constraints. But these women did something out of the box, by questioning the flaws of a highly patriarchal society and it’s masculine perception. And they become a part of famous women travelers of history that indeed helped for the true evolution of women.
Let’s find out those women who explored the world, at times when traveling was a taboo for a particular gender.
The top women travellers to name a few are ;
1.Lady Hester Stanhope (1776-1839)
Image Credits: Wikipedia Lady Hester Stanhope
Lady Hester Stanhope was possibly the greatest solo female traveller of her age. Being an adventure enthusiast, and a socializer women she unveiled the cultural delusion of the ancient era. Stanhope moved on to find out her destiny in the Middle East and she did whatever it took to go where she wanted to go. She was the first women who have crossed the Syrian desert, a true winner of the title, the queen of the desert.
2.Jeanne Baret (1740-1807)
Image Credits: Wikipedia Jeanne Baret
Jeanne Baret is a courageous woman who have circumnavigated this planet for the first time in history. She joined the world exploration of Admiral Louis-Antoine de Bougainville. The French Navy prohibited women on its ships, but that didn’t stop Jeanne as this tactical women presented herself as a man.
She enlisted as valet and assistant to the expedition’s naturalist Philibert Commerçon and traveled on the vessel with 300 men. And by the time they discovered her true gender, the cruise reached france and she fulfilled her dream to explore this beautiful world.
3.Isabella Bird (1831-1904)
Image Credits: Wikipedia Isabella Bird
Isabella Bird became one of the 19th century’s most inspirational solo women traveler by Overcoming the limitations of living in a man’s world. Irrespective of her poor health and financial constraints, this lady with strong audacity continued her life as an avid explorer, writer, photographer and naturalist, and even elected as the first woman fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Irrespective of the social dilemma of ageism she continued her trip even at her 70s.She visited many countries like America, India, Kurdistan, the Persian Gulf, Iran, Tibet, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, and China.
4.Mary Kingsley (1862-1900)
Image Credits: Wikipedia Mary Kingsley
At a time when virtuous women didn’t walk the streets of London alone, Kingsley was exploring unaccompanied parts of western Africa. In Africa, she canoed up the Ogooué River and pioneered a route to the summit of Mount Cameroon, which had never been attempted by a European. She made an immense collection of freshwater fish on behalf of the renowned British Museum. In her famous book, “ Travels in West Africa’’, she has expressed her strong dissent to European imperialism and capitalism.
5.Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)
Image Credits: Wikipedia Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman raises her voice against race and gender discrimination to become the first women of color to fly above the world. Being a girl She was banned from flying schools in native yet she taught herself French and move on to France to obtain a pilot’s license.
These women still stand proudly in the pages of history and provide a huge impact on today’s women. when solo women travelers area facing safety issue these examples are a gift for our thoughts. To explore is to life and as Carl Sagan once said the earth is the only home we will ever have and if we didn’t see and explore this nature’s gift irrespective of our gender who else will do that for us.
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