Seafaring Women


The earliest seafaring women had to disguise themselves as men just to be allowed aboard ships. In this aquatic installment of their series on exploration, Cristen and Caroline chart the incredible adventures of women on the high seas past and present.

Episode sources:

"5 Things You Didn't Know About Jacques Cousteau" by Ethan Trex. Mental Floss. http://mentalfloss.com/article/24361/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-jacques-cousteau

"A Female Explorer Discovered on the High Seas." NPR. Dec. 26, 2010. http://www.npr.org/2010/12/26/132265308/a-female-explorer-discovered-on-the-high-seas

"Black Cats & Four-Leaf Clovers: The Origins of Old Wives' Tales and Superstitions in Our Everyday Lives" by Harry Oliver. Penguin. 2010. http://books.google.com/books?id=fRXbm84C2nYC&dq=women+ships+superstitions&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"China looking for women to explore the deep ocean." Global Times. March 05, 2013. http://gbtimes.com/china/china-looking-women-explore-deep-ocean

"How to Climb Mt. Blanc in a Skirt: A Handbook for the Lady Adventurer" by Mick Conefrey. Palgrave Macmillan. 2011. http://books.google.com/books?id=q4UbYjoz0-EC&dq=Krystyna+Chojnowska-Liskiewicz&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Krystyna Chojnowska-Liskiewicz: the first lady of the oceans." Polska. http://en.polska.pl/Krystyna,Chojnowska-Liskiewicz,the,first,lady,of,the,oceans,1982.html

"Ocean Exploration: Timeline" by Samantha Zuhlke. National Geographic. http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/media/ocean-exploration-timeline/?ar_a=1

"Simone Melchior Coustea." Ocean Futures Society. http://www.oceanfutures.org/about/cousteau-family/simone-melchior-cousteau

"Sylvia A. Earle." National Women's Hall of Fame. http://www.greatwomen.org/women-of-the-hall/search-the-hall/details/2/53-Earle

"Sylvia Alice Earle." Encyclopaedia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1756689/Sylvia-Alice-Earle

"The First Woman to Go 'Round the World Did It As a Man" by Roberty Krulwich. NPR. Jan. 24, 2012. http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/01/23/145664873/the-first-woman-to-go-round-the-world-did-it-as-a-man

"Women & the Sea." The Mariners' Museum. 2000. https://www.marinersmuseum.org/sites/micro/women/timeline/index.htm

"Yachting & Racing." The Mariners' Museum. 2000. https://www.marinersmuseum.org/sites/micro/women/yachting/index.htm

Further information:

Women Oceanographers

Topics in this Podcast: women explorers, explorer series