Harriet Chalmers Adams #100travelHERS
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Birth: October 22, 1875; Stockton, California
Death: July 17, 1937; Nice, France
Occupation: Adventurer, magazine writer, photographer, public lecturer, co-founder and first president of the Society of Woman Geographers
Notable journeys: Began a three-year journey in South America in 1904, which included stops in every country and a crossing through the Andes on horseback. Went to Haiti alone in 1910.Was the only female war reporter to cover the French trenches in 1916. Traveled to Sumatra, Siberia, Libya and the Middle East in 1929, and Egypt and Ethiopia in 1930. Claimed to have visited every American Indian tribe in the United States and several in South America.
Notable work: More than 20 articles for National Geographic; photo series for Harper’s
Quote: “I’ve wondered why men have so absolutely monopolized the field of exploration. Why did women never go to the Arctic, try for one pole or the other, or invade Africa, Thibet, or unknown wildernesses? I’ve never found my sex a hinderment; never faced a difficulty which a woman, as well as a man, could not surmount; never felt a fear of danger; never lacked courage to protect myself. I’ve been in tight places and have seen harrowing things.”