By Dr Robin Burns

This selection of interviews celebrates women's participation in nationwide and personal expeditions to Antarctica. in accordance with a hundred thirty interviews the booklet levels around the first ladies scientists to go to Macquarie Island in 1959, to modern 'winterers'. Given the level to which males have commonly marked out the territory, bodily, socially and psychologically, how do girls event an Antarctic remain, what draws them to foreign places, and the way do they depict the beautiful fantastic thing about Antarctica itself. who're they, how do they communicate in their paintings and their stories, and what are the consequences on their lives of operating in Antarctica? Robin Burns has not just talked to ladies from many various backgrounds for you to solution such questions, yet has additionally been a summer season expeditioner herself to achieve actual adventure of her topic. the result's a finished account of girls in Antarctic expeditions.

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I got into TV at 16. I worked in the control room operating the panels and used to look at the panels and think it was the sort of job other people envy you for and want. And sometimes I’d think ‘Why am I stuck in this daft room? ’ Especially when you see documentaries made by people like the Parer-Cooks, you think: ‘They’ve got into a job where they can go and have adventures. ’ I had a romantic notion of what adventures were from books, but got to realise eventually 36 ‘I HAD THIS DREAM . ’ somewhere in my early twenties that those sort of adventures don’t exist any more, so I looked round to see what does exist now, realised there were scientific expeditions, and came to the idea that whatever it is, I’d have to retrain to get on to one of the scientific expeditions.

There’s nowhere else where you’re able to practise medicine like that’ in today’s specialised medical world. Caroline Caddy, a poet, and Christian Clare Roberston, a painter, combined a deep interest in science with their art and their very deep wish to experience Antarctica. Caroline hoped that her publications would vouch for her seriousness, as did Clare, who had held successful exhibitions. A stable job in Darwin first enabled Clare to trade the imagined landscapes she had been painting for the real ones: 40 ‘I HAD THIS DREAM .

Liv’s achievement is outstanding. She does not focus on the unique, but on her gladness that she has given a lot of inspiration to other women. Nevertheless, she ‘did it for myself, to fulfil an old dream. The dream became so strong it demanded to be realised, so that giving up would be a denial of my own feelings. ’ Vitality was a quality found in many of the women interviewed, even salving the wounds from any bad times. And that sense of a dream that demands realisation—that could be realised—called many of the women I met to seek to go to Antarctica.

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