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Just Tell Them I Survived : Women in Antarctica - Robin Burns

Just Tell Them I Survived

Women in Antarctica

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This collection of interviews celebrates women's participation in national and private expeditions to Antarctica. Based on 130 interviews the book ranges across the first women scientists to visit Macquarie Island in 1959, to contemporary 'winterers'. Given the extent to which men have traditionally marked out the territory, physically, socially and psychologically, how do women experience an Antarctic stay, what attracts them to remote places, and how do they depict the stunning beauty of Antarctica itself. Who are they, how do they speak of their work and their experiences, and what are the effects on their lives of working in Antarctica?

Robin Burns has not only talked to women from many different backgrounds in order to answer such questions, but has also been a summer expeditioner herself to gain authentic experience of her subject. The result is a comprehensive account of women in Antarctic expeditions. She discovers the deep-seated longings of women to join these expeditions, the barriers they have to overcome, the good times and the bad, and the ways they would like their experiences and reflections to be passed on to others.

Foreword..Preface..Acknowledgments..'I want to go too!' The story behind this book..'Finally we were on our way!' Women become Antarctic expeditioners..'I had this dream...' Why women go to Antarctica..'I just wanted to do my job well!' Women at work in Antarctica..'Everything you do is noticed there!' The impact of women's minority status..'If you pat one, pat them all!' Relationships in Antarctica..'Tell them I survived!' Overcoming the outer and inner storms..'It just blew my mind away!' The Antarctic environment..'There's no room for heroes there!' Women assess their experiences..Appendix..Women participating in this study and their Antarctic service..Demographic portrait of the women..Endnotes

ISBN: 9781741151114
ISBN-10: 1741151112
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st May 2001
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1