Homeward Bound: Largest all-women expedition arrives in Antarctica

Largest all-women expedition arrives in Antarctica

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The largest female expedition to Antarctica, with 80 female scientists on board for the 21 day trip, has arrived in the far north-east of the Antarctic Peninsula. It’s the third Homeward Bound voyage, a leadership initiative which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in STEM making decisions that shape the planet.

The group set sail on the 31st of December last year from the southern Argentinian city of Ushuaia. Strong winds meant the passage took longer than expected.

It was the dream of Australian activist and consultant Fabian Dattner who worked in collaboration with Antarctic marine scientist Jess-Melbourne Thomas to make it a reality.

They gained the support of scientific bodies and women of influence globally, created a strong leadership team and teaching faculty to get the project off the ground. In 2015, the project went viral and the first leadership program and Homeward Bound Antarctic voyage took place in 2016.

Homeward Bound aims to reach 1,000 women around the world, with backgrounds in science, in the next few years through its program.

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