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Never Tell a Woman Where She Doesn't Belong

In 1932, Roy Chapman Andrews, president of the men-only Explorers Club, boldly stated to hundreds of female students at Barnard College that “women are not adapted to exploration,”  that women and exploration do not mix. He obviously didn’t know a thing about either…

The Girl Explorers is the inspirational and untold story of the founding of the Society of Woman Geographers—a group of adventurous female world explorers—and how key members served as early advocates for human rights and paved the way for women scientists by scaling mountains, exploring the high seas, flying across the Atlantic, and recording the world through film, sculpture, and literature.

Follow in the footsteps of these rebellious women as they traveled the globe in search of new species, widened the understanding of hidden cultures, and broke records in spades. For these women dared to go where no woman—or man—had gone before, achieving the unthinkable and breaking through barriers to allow future generations to carry on their important and inspiring work.

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Praise for The Girl Explorers

"Zanglein makes a strong case that restoring these pioneers to the spotlight will “give a new generation of women courage to chisel away at the glass ceiling.” Armchair adventurers will thrill to this inspirational account." Publishers Weekly

“A fascinating addition to women's history and the annals of exploration.” Booklist

“Zanglein comprehensively covers a wide range of accomplished women, and does all of them justice. This book is perfect for those interested in women’s history and adventure stories.” Library Journal

"This is a triumphant book, filled with history and tales that may be hidden to modern readers." Terri Schlichenmeyer, Guam Daily Post.

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Jayne Zanglein

Jayne Zanglein is passionate about publicizing the accomplishments of women ignored by history and chronicling the challenges women face today. Her book, The Girl Explorers (Sourcebooks) will be published in March 2021. It tells the story of a remarkable group of globetrotting women who, in the 1920s, formed an all-female adventurers society (that is still in existence today), and who trekked, flew, and fought for human rights around the world.


Like the founding members of the Society of Woman Geographers, she believes that marginalized groups become visible through empathic reporting, law, and democracy. She is the author of several law books. Jayne has traveled to 58 countries. You can follow her journeys on

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