Pioneering New Zealand women honoured for their Antarctic research




They were the first New Zealand women to work in Antarctica and now Antarctica New Zealand have honoured the three women with laboratories named after them for their pioneering work.

The absence of sea ice this year may mean the team could be confined to Scott Base and have to make daily trips to their research sites.

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Thelma Rodgers, Pamela Young and Margaret Bradshaw have had science laboratories named after them at the refurbished Hillary Field Centre in Antarctica in honour of their work as pioneering female scientists.

Ms Young was among the first women to set foot on the continent in 1969 while Ms Rodgers was the first woman to spend an entire winter in Antarctica in 1979 and Ms Bradshaw was the first woman to lead a science expedition there in 1979.

Woman were not even allowed in Antarctica until the late 1960's due to a travel ban imposed on women by the US Defence Force.

"They thought I was a feminist but I wasn't a feminist at all... I just liked wearing trousers," Ms Rodgers says.

There are already a range of peaks named after the women including the "Bradshaw Peak" and "The Young Peaks".

Ms Young was among the party of women who disembarked the aircraft with their arms linked so they could make the claim of being the first woman at the Pole together.

Ms Bradshaw is the first New Zealand women and only the second woman ever to be awarded the Queen's Polar Medal, which she received in 1993.

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