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One Small Step for Women, One Giant Leap for Polar Science
November 13, 2009
The moon landing. Woodstock. These weren't the only landmark events of 1969. On Nov. 12, 1969, a group of female scientists and a journalist became the first women to set foot at the South Pole. These first pioneers heralded a new era of polar research as women continue to contribute to the scientific work taking place at the bottom of the world.
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