The Homeward Bound program intends to bring together 1,000 female scientists from around the globe over the next decade, beginning next year with a women-only team to make a scientific expedition to Antarctica. The purpose of the program is twofold: to study climate change, and to help elevate women’s role in leadership globally, particularly in the sciences. Antarctica serves as a form of global barometer for the state of the climate. “The most pressing concern for scientists at the moment is climate change. Antarctica is like a canary in the mine,” says Dr. Amanda Davies, a geographer and social demographer who will be part of the Antarctic team.
As a 35-year-old working mother herself, Davies also hopes to set a positive example for mothers by demonstrating that it’s possible to pursue one’s career ambitions without having “to pretend your kids don’t exist.” The team is slated to depart for Antarctica from the tip of South America in December 2016, incorporating 78 female scientists from around the globe.
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