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A patch stitched to a backpack speaks volumes about how attitudes have changed over the years about women in Antarctica. Photo Credit: Mike Lucibella 50 Years Of Women In Antarctica
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Wednesday October 23, 2019

Fifty years ago, four female researchers traveled to the McMurdo Dry Valleys, opening the door for women to work on the frozen continent. Last week, The Byrd Polar Research and Climate Center hosted a special Women in Antarctica symposium to commemorate.
Fifty years ago, Lois M. Jones and her research team made history by being the first all-female research team to work for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Before flying to Antarctica, the all-female team from Ohio State University posed for a photo in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Left to right) Kay Lindsay, Terry Tickhill, Lois Jones and Eileen McSaveney. When Women Reached the Ice
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Monday October 14, 2019

In 1969, Lois M. Jones and her science team made history as the first all-female research team to work for the US Antarctic Program. They were studying the erosion of rocks in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, the subject of Jones's doctoral thesis the previous year. They made history as the first all-female science team on the continent and the first women to reach the South Pole, paving the way for countless women to follow in their footsteps.

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