100 Women: The ice ceiling that held women back

Sudipta Sengupta

For decades, there was a ceiling not of glass but of ice, for women in science – the continent of Antarctica.

The heroic tradition of polar exploration conducted solely by men meant that Antarctica itself was often thought of as a woman to be conquered.

US Navy Admiral Richard Byrd described it as “an enchanted continent in the sky, pale like a sleeping princess”.

Women were not permitted a role in this age of adventure. But not for lack of trying.

Read more on the BBC News website…

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