The world is full of stories about women who have done a marvellous job in their respective fortes. Brave, strong and inspiring women have set records and made history by taking the extraordinary route. Read the stories of five women who have outshined themselves with their incredible journey’s around the world. By Ishani Singh
A Swiss adventurer and explorer, Marquis travelled between 2010 and 2013 and walked alone from Russia to Australia, across Siberia. Marquis pulled a 54 kg cart that consisted of her clothes, equipment and supplies. She was harassed by a group of Mongolian men, threatened by drug dealers, and sometimes disguised herself as a man for security reasons. Sarah walked for approximately 20,000 kilometres on her three-year journey and was awarded one of the National Geographic Adventurers of the Year prizes in 2014.
At the age of 25, this brave woman set out on a mission to travel 196 Sovereign Nations on July 24, 2015 which she completed over an impressive 18 months and 10 days. She became the first woman and fastest person to travel to the nations. After spending two days to two weeks in each of the destinations, Cassie completed ‘Expedition 196‘ on February 2, 2017. She also collected water samples around the world for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.
Annie Londonderry was the first woman to cycle around the world between 1894 and 1895. She shifted from skirts to bloomers and to a man’s suit during the course of her journey which she completed in a period of 15 months on a 42-pound Columbia bicycle. The badass woman took up the journey after accepting a challenge which fetch $10,000 upon succeeding in her mission. Annie’s brave act was highly commendable coming from a time when women were viewed as incapable of doing physical labour.
4) Junko Tabei
Junko Tabei was a Japanese mountaineer who is remembered as a strong figure of bravery and persistence. Fifth among the seven daughters of a family where she was considered a weak child, Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and to go up all Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent. The Japanese Women’s Everest Expedition (JWEE) began the expedition early in 1975 and twelve days after encountering an avalanche, on 16 May 1975, Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Everest.
5) Laura Dekker
Laura Dekker is a Dutch sailor who went on a two-year solo sailing voyage around the globe at the age of 14, on her boat, ‘Guppy’. She became the youngest sailor to go on a round-the-world quest. Even though the woman faced a lot of opposition, particularly legal, given the tremendous risks of sailing the high seas alone, she stood adamant upon taking the journey. The trip took her 518 days to complete and has been compiled in ‘Maidentrip‘, an 82-minute documentary directed by Jillian Schlesinger.