Travel through time with 21 women explorers who changed the world

By Katie Knorovsky
Illustrations by Bijou Karman

Travel through time with 21 women explorers who changed the world

By Katie Knorovsky
Illustrations by Bijou Karman

Egeria

4th Century

Pioneering pilgrim

Egeria

4th Century

Pioneering pilgrim

Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir

CA 985–1050

Viking “far traveler”

Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir

CA 985–1050

Viking “far traveler”

Jeanne Baret

1740–1807

First female circumnavigator

Jeanne Baret

1740–1807

First female circumnavigator

Mary Seacole

1805–1881

Groundbreaking global healer

Mary Seacole

1805–1881

Groundbreaking global healer

Isabella Bird

1831–1904

First female fellow of Royal Geographical Society

Isabella Bird

1831–1904

First female fellow of Royal Geographical Society

Eliza Scidmore

1856–1928

First woman on National Geographic’s board

Eliza Scidmore

1856–1928

First woman on National Geographic’s board

Nellie Bly

1864–1922

Around the world in 72 days

Nellie Bly

1864–1922

Around the world in 72 days

Gertrude Bell

1868–1926

Arabia’s “uncrowned queen”

Gertrude Bell

1868–1926

Arabia’s “uncrowned queen”

Harriet Chalmers Adams

1875–1937

Founded the Society of Women Geographers

Harriet Chalmers Adams

1875–1937

Founded the Society of Women Geographers

Augusta Van Buren

1884–1959

Motorcycle maverick

Augusta Van Buren

1884–1959

Motorcycle maverick

Louise Arner Boyd

1887–1972

Arctic explorer

Louise Arner Boyd

1887–1972

Arctic explorer

Emma Gatewood

1887–1973

Trailblazing grandma

Emma Gatewood

1887–1973

Trailblazing grandma

Bessie Coleman

1892–1926

First African-American woman pilot

Bessie Coleman

1892–1926

First African-American woman pilot

Freya Stark

1893–1993

Desert chronicler

Freya Stark

1893–1993

Desert chronicler

Aloha Wanderwell

1906–1996

“World’s most widely traveled girl”

Aloha Wanderwell

1906–1996

“World’s most widely traveled girl”

Martha Gellhorn

1908–1998

Globe-trotting correspondent

Martha Gellhorn

1908–1998

Globe-trotting correspondent

Jan Morris

b. 1926

Daring documentarian

Jan Morris

b. 1926

Daring documentarian

Dervla Murphy

b. 1931

Full-tilt adventurer

Dervla Murphy

b. 1931

Full-tilt adventurer

San Mao

1943–1991

Taiwan’s “wandering writer”

San Mao

1943–1991

Taiwan’s “wandering writer”

Evita Robinson

b. 1984

Breaking travel barriers

Evita Robinson

b. 1984

Breaking travel barriers

Erika S. Bergman

b. 1987

National Geographic Young Explorer

Erika S. Bergman

b. 1987

National Geographic Young Explorer

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