Just Tell Them I Survived! Women in Antarctica

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‘Tell them I survived!’

Despite the obstacles, the story of women in Antarctica is mostly one of celebration. Words like ‘daring’, ‘courage’ and ‘resilience’ are repeatedly used. Not only have women claimed a place in Antarctica, and recorded outstanding achievements there, they have also withstood male opposition and a number of negative aspects of the prevailing culture. Many women have experienced few or no problems related to their gender and minority status. Others have faced significant difficulties, but have managed to overcome them and grow from the experience. ‘Faith’ considered that:

Gender, power, equality and harassment are life's complex issues. The most difficult part of solving an individual's situation is simply to get that person to admit to themselves that the issues actually exist. My experiences were very painful at the time. But they have helped mould the person I am today, and I am thankful to have grown from these weird and wonderful pathways. They do not detract from the wonderful and life-changing experiences Antarctica has given me.

Many women have demonstrated an ability to deal with complex, unpleasant situations, believing that the positive aspects far outweigh the negative.

It is vital to present a realistic picture of what life is like in

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