03 Mar Incredible Women Who Changed Travel: Part 1
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’d like to pay homage to the many women who have positively impacted the travel world. While most of you aren’t taking off in tiny planes, sailing around the world, or skiing to the North Pole, Forbes offers up these statistics that prove that women play a key role in travel: “Women are the prime movers in American travel, driving 70 percent of all leisure travel spending and 80 percent of corporate travel bookings, profoundly impacting where the entire country goes for both business and pleasure. (And don’t forget, women count for some 40 percent of the nation’s business travelers.)” Keep up the good work!
Alice Huyler Ramsey–Here’s one that road warrior women can relate to. Alice Ramsey took a crew of two other women for a road trip. No big deal, right? Well, Alice didn’t stop after a scenic afternoon drive, and she didn’t have a hotel waiting for her. She kept going until she crossed the entire US: She and her crew were on the road for 59 days straight and drove nearly 4,000 miles from NYC to San Francisco. In 2000, she was distinguished as the first woman inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. That’s especially ironic because, as historians later discovered, Alice didn’t even know how to drive.
Junko Tabei–This courageous woman got a lot of attention when she started an all-female mountain climbing group. She got even more media traction when she, despite nearly dying on the journey, became the first woman to reach the top of Mount Everest. You think she’d be DONE with travel and mountains after that, but Junko went on to climb all the Seven Summits, the highest, most challenging peaks in the world.
Barbara Hillary–She’s been asked to speak at countless events because, well, she’s awesome. She became the first African-American woman to reach both the North and South Poles. But, get this: She did it in her late 70s. After surviving lung cancer. I’ll let you think about that for a minute.
Valentina Tereshkova–At the ripe age of 26, Valentina embarked on the spacecraft Vostok 6 and orbited Earth for three days straight. When she returned, she started fearlessly advocating for women through her political career and was honored by lighting the torch in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. On a lighter note, she has something in common with a lot of us travelers, except she didn’t realize it until she was hundreds of miles from our planet. She forgot her toothbrush.
Sacagawea–To say that Lewis and Clark get all the credit for their expeditions would be an understatement. When she met the duo in North Dakota, she took an interest in their mission to explore their newly-acquired territories, which played a key role in securing their purchases. She served as a Shoshone translator for them, traveling long distances with them even though she was either pregnant or carrying a small child on her back during their missions.
Amelia Earhart–We just couldn’t leave her out. The extremely dedicated and intelligent young pilot bought her own plane just six months after her first flying lesson. Soon after, Earhart rose above (haha!) all the early 1900s conventions to famously break the female avator’s altitude record of the day and fly across the Atlantic Ocean. No one’s quite sure what happened to Earhart when she embarked on her last attempt at a record-breaking solo mission, but some researchers believe that she landed on a deserted island and lived the rest of her life there.Aim higher