By Louise Chipley Slavicek
Girls Explorers chronicles the lives of six intrepid ladies whose starvation for experience and information pressured them on paths of discovery worldwide. Their discoveries not just introduced shops of data on issues starting from historical dinosaur fossils to existence in Tibet, but in addition challenged the tested roles of ladies of their fields. The daughter of a prosperous planter, Alexander used her inheritance to fund examine for her passion--the common sciences. a number of dinosaur species were named in her honor, and her legacy keeps on the collage of California at Berkeley's museum of paleontology, for which Alexander supplied cash and donated specimens.
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6 AN EDUCATED FEMALE In the fall of 1887 when Annie was 19, Samuel and Martha Alexander decided to send their restless second child east to continue her education. Annie would attend the Lasell Seminary for Young Women, a junior college in Auburndale, Massachusetts. At Lasell, she would join a close childhood friend from Maui, Mary Beckwith, whose grandparents had also been missionaries with the ABCFM. Parents who encouraged daughters to continue their education beyond secondary school were viewed as progressive in their attitudes toward women in the nineteenth century.
No sooner were these loaded in the wagon . . ” 36 Even though Alexander had financed the expedition, she and Edna assumed the tedious jobs of gathering the firewood and cooking for the rest of the party: Night after night we stood before a hot fire to stir rice, or beans, or corn, or soup, contriving the best dinners we 45 46 ANNIE MONTAGUE ALEXANDER could out of our dwindling supply of provisions,” Annie wrote. “We sometimes wondered if the men thought the firewood dropped out of the sky or whether a fairy godmother brought it to our door, for they never asked any questions 37 Yet, if Annie was often irritated with her unappreciative male companions, she adored being out in the wilds again.
Student of Nature Shortly after arriving home, Annie decided to enroll in a training program for prospective nurses at a local hospital. Annie was not seeking a means of supporting herself: her father’s substantial wealth and unfailing generosity toward his adult offspring meant that she would never have to earn her own daily bread. Yet, as she approached her mid-twenties, Annie felt that she needed some sort of regular work to fill her days and give her a sense of purpose, and nursing, along with teaching, was one of the few careers open to females in the late 1800s.
Annie Montague Alexander: Naturalist and Fossil Hunter (Women Explorers) by Louise Chipley Slavicek