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Imagine being a woman, and wanting to get out and explore, but no one will let you! You are too weak, too distracting, too pone to problems, not smart enough, not….. and so on and forth. Imagine if you will women who were detemined not to let their gender stop them! The women discussed in The Girl Explorers formed the Society of Women Geographers and set off to explore the world.
What I am Reviewing
Raincoast sent me The Girl Explorers for the courtesy of my review. I received an advanced readers copy. Through over 400 pages filled with footnotes, photos, quotes and real-life glimpses you will be introduced to the women of old. Women determined to find their own place in history exploring this blue globe we live on.
Written by Jayne Zanglein and published by sourcebooks. This is a non-fiction read for middle school and up. The focus is on women explorers.
You’ll find women exploring inhospitable lands, bargaining with natives, climbing mountains, forging oceans, and handing weather of all extremes. And through their explorations, you will learn about the Society of Women Geographers. Suffragists, politics and friendship fill the pages. Come along for the ride won’t you?
The Girl Explorers starts with the list of illustrations (there are lots), a cast of characters (so you know who all plays a role), a note from the author and the prologue. Six parts splitting the story, along with an epilogue.
- Mere Women (5 sections)
- Early Advocates for Human Rights (three sections)
- The “Girls” of the Tropical Research Stations (two parts)
- Advocating the Black people, gay men, and French Prisoners (four parts)
- Networking Women (three parts)
- Paving the way for women today
The Girl Explorers, more details
This non-fiction read tells The Untold Story of the Globetrotting Women Who Trekked, Flew, and Fought Their Way Around the World. 50 women who explored various areas of the world, with their own areas of expertise are discussed throughout. Sometimes the stories intermingled.
Learning about women who explored China, Egypt, the Artic, Cambodia, Latin America, Africa and more. Women with varying occupations such as big game hunters, novelists, artists, biologists, ichthyologists, poets, nurses, and geographers just to name a few.
Quotes applicable to each chapter open them. Finding quotes within the chapters happening naturally. People talk with and about each other and often we are given actual words said. Don’t you find the good quotes spurs on your interest to learn more?
As with most books I’ve read about historcial figures, some characterization occurs, but mostly we are walked through the history of these women and the paths they blazed. I expected to find individual stories about many of these women. Instead learning about what they had to fight against, and how their determination to push through won the day. These women sticking together to change the world.
Copious resources were used and are cited at the close of the book. Within the pages though, you will often find footnotes providing more history. Don’t you just love well done footnotes! 🙂 Adding bits of knowledge is an excellent thing indeed.
Should The Girl Explorers join your shelves?
As a homeschooling parent I can easily see the use of The Girl Explorers within a curriculum. Middle through high school students won’t want to miss history that might not be explained in other history books. Seeing the world through the eyes of women will add a depth to history not to be lost!
As a bit of a history buff, I found it fascinating seeing history through the eyes of women, and sometimes the men that accompanied them. The experiences of these women were so varied I didn’t find myself bored at all as I made my way through the pages. If you are learning about how French prisoners were treated, or climb a mountain in Peru, or discover deep sea fish… check it out, you’ll be surprised at what you’ll learn! And scattered throughout is the fight for equality, not just for women, but the various peoples they find along the way.