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Ann Bancroft

As the first woman ever to have crossed the ice caps to both the North and South Poles, explorer Ann Bancroft is one of world’s foremost polar explorers. In 1992, she led the first group of American women ever to ski across Greenland, and in 2001, she and explorer Liv Arnesen became the first women to trek 1,717 miles across Antarctica. Bancroft created The Ann Bancroft Foundation, which supports the aspirations of women and girls, and Bancroft Arnesen Explore, through which she and co-founder Arnesen give talks and provide workshops designed to promote peaceful conflict resolution and inspire people. Bancroft has authored three books, including No Horizon is So Far: Two Women and Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antarctica, which she co-wrote with Arnesen. “It’s really a magnificent experience to be in these huge, remote places,” she says. That sense of space is such a privilege.” –CL

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