A Woman's Place is - in Antarctica
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Historically dominated by men, the Antarctic environment today is a place that includes women. Are women continuing to break ground and move increasingly unquestioned in Antarctica, or has the process been completed? Is it still necessary to apply the gender lens on human engagement in Antarctica today? This paper explores human engagement with Antarctica in terms of gender, drawing from the narrated experiences of three women who have had extensive exposure to life and work in Antarctica, and complements their perspectives with those of three men who have worked (independently from the interviewed women) on the ice. This is embedded in a summary of the history of women in Antarctica and a reflection on socio-political contexts.