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Edith "Jackie" Ronne (born October 13, 1919 - June 14, 2009) was an American explorer of Antarctica and the first woman in the world to be a working member of an Antarctic expedition. The Ronne Ice Shelf was named in her honor.

14 of the Most Scandalous Women in History

Isadora Duncan. Inventor of American modern dance. Shifted the focus of dance from the stifling emphasis on feet to the soulful, expressive, liberated solar plexus. Made dance more about freedom and emotions and introduced movement inspired by nature, athleticism, and folk dance, among other things. Muse to many artists across many genres.

Rachel Carson is the founder of the modern environmental movement. She courageously spoke out against the chemical industry and their use of pesticides. Her book, Silent Spring, reminded us we are all part of a vulnerable world and we all have a responsibility to protect it. In 1963 she testified to Congress calling for measures to protect human health and the environment.

Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864 – 1922) was the pen name of pioneer woman journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran. She remains notable for two feats: a record-breaking trip around the world in emulation of Jules Verne, and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. Photo of “Nellie”, 1890

The African-American Suffragists History Forgot

eternallybeautifullyblack: “ The African-American Suffragists History Forgot by Lynn Yaeger [T]hough we may have vague notions of the American women who fought so heroically for the ballot on this side of the Atlantic, they are, in our minds, in our...

At 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest point on earth.

15 badass women of World War II you didn't learn about in history class.

15 badass women of World War II, Violette Szabo, Allied Spy wreaked havoc against Nazis in France until she was caught and died in Ravensbruck

In 1965, Lillian Gilbreth became the first female engineer to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).