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Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE - Scientist, Conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace
Dame Jane Goodall first captured the world's attention during the 1960s,with a National Geographic article about the intrepid young Briton who left the comforts of home to study chimpanzees in the wild. Today, the Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania, and works on conservation programs with local residents as partners in sustainable development programs. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian program for youth. The network features members from more than 120 countries who share a desire to create a better world.
Mae Jemison, M.D. - Doctor, Engineer, Academic, and Entrepreneur
Dr. Mae Jemison served as a science mission specialist on board Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992, just one of several amazing achievements. She has a background in both engineering and medicine, with an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a M.D. from Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Jemison also served as the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia, and speaks several languages. After leaving NASA, Dr. Jemison founded a technology and consulting firm and taught courses in sustainable development and technology design. She also founded The Earth We Share(TM), a science camp for youth to help develop a meaningful science educational experience.
Valentina Tereshkova, the First Female Cosmonaut
In June 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space as part of the Vostok manned space program. Her groundbreaking flight proved the importance of women in aerospace and science, occurring 20 years before Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Although the space race took place during the height of the cold war, in this video Tereshkova says space exploration should be pacific "because the Earth we live on cannot belong to one single nation." Tereshkova later became a member of Russian parliament, also serving as deputy chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on International Affairs.
DID YOU KNOW???
Libby Riddles Made history as the first woman to win the Iditarod in 1985.
The famous dog sled race covers 1000 miles from Anchorage (A) to Nome (B), Alaska, USA.
Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey, Ph.D. - Anthropologist, Filmmaker, National Geographic Explorer
Preserving indigenous knowledge and tradition is essential for Dr. Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey, an anthropologist specializing in ethnonavigation. Dr. Lindsey is the first female Fellow and Polynesian Explorer in the history of the National Geographic Society. She credits the native Hawaiian elders who raised her for knowing what role she would one day play in the preservation of ancestral wisdom. Dr. Lindsey is collaborating with partners on a Map of the Human Story to explore and curate a ‘cultural trust of humanity’s traditions, wisdom and knowledge.
Tierney Thys, Ph.D. - Marine Biologist, Filmmaker and National Geographic Emerging Explorer
Dr. Tierney Thys, a marine biologist, conservationist and filmmaker, has been called "the next generation's champion of ocean exploration" and an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. She worked with legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle before earning her doctorate, and has traveled the world with her team studying the giant ocean sunfish (mola) since 2000.
Dee Caffari MBE - Yachtswoman & World Record Holder
Briton Dee Caffari is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions. She is also the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world three times. Caffari was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her achievements in 2006.