The Society of Woman Geographers: The 1920s All-Female Exploration Society

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The Intrepid ’20s Women Who Formed an All-Female Global Exploration Society

Excluded from the men-only Explorers Club, they established their own group for adventurers.

The founders had collectively covered hundreds of thousands of miles across five continents, in a time before mass air travel – but the press kept to reductive questions like, “did you become enamored of a sheik?”

Seen above is Sally Clark (1883-1982), early member of the Society of Women Geographers (SGW), dancing with a bear in Yosemite. The SGW was founded by a number of women frustrated that their legitimately daring adventures were belittled in the press as playful romps. Excluded by the sexist men-only Explorers Club, they founded their own society, that continues to this day. Its members have included Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead, and Jane Goodall.

One Response to “The Society of Woman Geographers”

  1. GreekRose

    Do you think you could post a list of women explorers? I don’t know if you’ve done one all ready but I’m trying to find some Age Of Exploration women explorers. Have A nice day