Just Tell Them I Survived!: Women in Antarctica by Dr Robin Burns

By Dr Robin Burns

This number of interviews celebrates women's participation in nationwide and personal expeditions to Antarctica. in line with a hundred thirty interviews the booklet levels around the first girls scientists to go to Macquarie Island in 1959, to modern 'winterers'. Given the level to which males have characteristically marked out the territory, bodily, socially and psychologically, how do girls event an Antarctic remain, what draws them to distant places, and the way do they depict the lovely fantastic thing about Antarctica itself. who're they, how do they communicate in their paintings and their studies, and what are the consequences on their lives of operating in Antarctica? Robin Burns has not just talked to girls from many alternative backgrounds which will resolution such questions, yet has additionally been a summer time expeditioner herself to achieve real event of her topic. the result's a finished account of girls in Antarctic expeditions.

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Under such headlines as ‘REDS MAKE IT HOMELY’ and ‘CAVIAR, WOMEN IN RED ANTARCTICA’, the female scientists’ roles were domesticated. Outrage at the threat posed by Soviet bases on territory claimed by Australia was also defused by the implication that the Russians were ‘soft’, because not only were there women on their bases but caviar, carpets, wallpaper and dial phones as well. No room there for heroism! The press was enthusiastic, however, when the two PanAm ‘hostesses’ landed briefly at McMurdo on a commercial flight, though the term ‘invasion’ was used repeatedly to describe their arrival.

They feel stereotyped, especially if they were originally employed in low-level jobs such as laboratory assistant or clerk, and constrained by the ‘old [male] hand’ dominance at the Division’s Kingston headquarters. Such dominance, and the numerical superiority of men, can lead to a continuation of the status quo where men prefer people like themselves, who are most likely to be men also. ‘Faye’ suggested that: ‘There’s some resistance to more than basic EEO issues. ’ Some women feel that the AAD is not sympathetic to family considerations in any aspect of its operation.

Pauline Reilly applied persistently in the 1970s. She wanted to extend her major research on the Australian little penguin to other penguin species. In 1971 she asked the Antarctic Division how to get there. The third time she asked she was accepted for a round trip, but ‘something went wrong, and round trippers were put off’. ’’ They knew I’d say it. I had to have a medical, have my teeth checked, etc. I spent six days there seeing millions of penguins, there were four species and I nearly went out of my mind with excitement.

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