Attitudes on working women have changed since 70s - Antarctica scientist

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In the 1960s, the US Defence Force banned all women from travelling to Antarctica. The ban now long forgotten, Antarctica New Zealand will now honour three female scientists from NZ for their pioneering work on the continent.

Geologist Margaret Bradshaw, one of three women to be honoured, joins Mark Sainsbury to talk about breaking barriers for women in science.

Ms Bradshaw saw barriers towards women in the industry when she first travelled to Antarctica in the 70s. Some of the men made it clear they didn’t like women on the base, she explains.

“They didn’t trust you to do the job well.

As a token of her research efforts, Ms Bradshaw will have a science lab named after her at the refurbished Hillary Field Centre in Antarctica. 

She already has a mountain named after her – Bradshaw Peak, situated on the southwest side of the McLay Glacier, Antarctica.

Listen to the full interview with Ms Bradshaw above.

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