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6 Female Explorers Who Made History (Slideshow)

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Cindy Lee Van Dover

Cindy Lee Van Dover is a modern oceanographer and deep-sea explorer. She’s spent her career studying hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor. In 1990, she became the first and only female pilot of submersible. On her dozens of deep-sea dives, Van Dover has uncovered new species of mussels, shrimp, tube worms and bacteria.

She has led almost 50 deep-sea expeditions. In 2006, she became the first female director of the Duke University Marine Laboratory. Her discoveries have added to scientists’ understanding of what early Earth may have been like billions of years ago.

Van Dover is also doing her part to train the next generation of marine scientists: every fall she teaches a course on invertebrate zoology for undergraduates. She also teaches graduate courses and runs summer field programs, in addition to writing about her experiences for a lay audience.

Photo credit: Duke University

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6:26PM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

I loved this! i love them all. how inspiring, overcoming so much. Look where we are now?!?

2:42AM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Great information, thanks

5:27PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Thanx for sharing

2:55PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Why only 7? there are many woman who did as amazing things like Sacajawea, oh the list is endless only 7 is an insult but I will say the first woman OMG the fight she had to fight and then gang raped and then pregnant the French Navy FOR SHAME you sick SOB's her story made me cry. Again only 7 tisk tisk

6:31AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Thanks, A woman I always looked up to was my mother. Who, born poor in 1923, always said " a woman can do anything a man can do, plus give birth". She cut her own trees with an axe an built a log cabin, it was still standing in the 1970's(last time I was there). She started her own trucking company and drove trucks until the war in 1942, when she got a job working for the war effort in a factory(traditional "mans" job). She was always a pioneer in womens rights, taking on and succeffully doing many so called "MAN' Jobs. I truely believe she could do anything. I learned very well that gender, like race, does not determine ones ability.

4:02AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Thank you so much for this!

2:00AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Interesting thanks

7:35AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

thanku :-)

1:09AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

12:33AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

WOW ! I never heard of any of these ladies before tonight ! This is Great to know so many Smart and Strong ladies are doing their part to help our world,and open our eyes to what's out there ! Thank You for the Good article ! I enjoyed reading it ! :)

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