Just Tell Them I Survived! Women in Antarctica

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THREE
‘I just wanted to do my job well!’

I want rather a sense of the ordinariness and appropriateness of women in Antarctica, that they're down there working alongside men without that being remarkable. I am the most experienced woman ice diver in Australia but what I did is not particularly difficult, and I was lucky to be there. I don't want a sense of women doing awesome things, but want a sense that women are there. (Anitra, biologist)

Antarctica is a workplace, first and foremost, and many women were quick to point out it is a workplace for men and women, and that it is ‘no big deal’ for women to be there. By being selected, and re-selected, women have earned their place as fellow workers in Antarctica.


WORKING IN ANTARCTICA

To maintain the stations, especially during the harsh polar winters, annual teams consist of highly competent professionals: a chief expedition mechanic in charge of the powerhouse, two mechanics, two communications technical officers, two electricians, one or two plumbers, one or two carpenters, a chef, a medical officer and a station leader. 1 Meteorological observers and technicians are appointed by the Bureau of Meteorology

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