Emma Rowena Gatewood, better known as Grandma Gatewood was an extreme hiker and ultra-light hiking pioneer who was the first woman to hike the 2,168-mile (3,489 km) Appalachian Trail from Mount Oglethorpe in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine solo, and in one season.
Women have historically been underrepresented in almost all fields: science, school curricula, business, politics—and, sadly, doodles. In addition to our continued effort for doodle diversity and inclusion (see progress on http://google.com/doodles), today’s truly International Women’s Day doodle features a host of inspiring women from around the world, including the President of Lithuania, a brave Pakistani education activist, an ever-curious explorer, and dozens more. Find the full list of participants: http://goo.gl/fzUBZn
Climbing in South Africa has a unique and intense history, and Jack of All Trades (8a/5.13b) is a key point on that timeline because it was the first 8a ever done by a South African woman. Tessa Little made the first ascent of this 140-foot crimp-line in the late 1990s. It wasn’t until 2011 that a South African woman climbed 8a+/5.13c with Faye Brouard’s ascent of Mango Tango in Umgeni Valley. I was excited to get the second female ascent on this route and to tick several other first female ascents during my trip.