(Below I have picked out three of, who I thought were the most interesting female explorers, they were from a top ten list.)
Harriet Chalmers Adams (1875-1937) – has faded into relative obscurity, she was a force of nature back in her day. A longtime correspondent and photographer for National Geographic magazine and the founding president of the Society of Woman Geographers, Adams was essentially your wanderlust-stricken Great Aunt Enid — the one with the never-ending slideshows and well-worn passport — on steroids.
Isabella Bird (1831-1904) – She scaled Hawaii’s volcanic peaks, traveled hundreds of miles down China’s Yangtze River, lived among the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido and tamed a one-eyed mountain man known as Rocky Mountain Jim. Although Bird thrust herself into many uncomfortable — and at times, perilous — situations and disregarded the restrictive societal bounds of Victorian femininity, she was still very much a lady.
Nellie Bly (1864-1922) – On Nov. 24, 1889, the 25-year-old Bly (born Elizabeth Jane Cochrane) set out to one-up fictional Victorian globetrotter Phileas Fogg by circumnavigating the world in less than 80 days. Seventy-two days, six hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds later, Bly had conquered the Jules Verne protagonist’s time with her whirlwind — and mostly solo — trip from New York to New York with stops in England, France, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and San Francisco. Like Fogg, Bly traveled strictly by rail and steamer.