International Women’s Day 2019

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, Geography Cat would like to introduce you to some amazing women geographers who you may not know. Please add your own suggestions in the comments box at the foot of this page.

Zonia Baber (1862-1955)

“…The public may be brought to understand the importance of geography.”

University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf1-00303], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library. [CC BY-SA 4.0 (]

Zonia Baber; geographer, explorer, teacher, activist, geologist and educational reformer. Here are two great articles that I urge you to read about this exceptional woman:

  1. Leila McNeill writing for The Smithsonian in January 2018
  2. Dana Hunter writing for The Rosetta Stones Blog in March 2013

Ruth Wilson Gilmore (born 1950)

“If it takes a village to raise a child, it certainly takes a movement to undo an occupation.” 

Image from the article linked below, published in

Dr Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Professor of Geography in the Doctoral Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Graduate Centre, City University of New York, the current president of the American Studies Association, an award winning author and an inspiration.

Read an interview with her here (Clément Petitjean)

2 Replies to “International Women’s Day 2019”

  1. Zonia Bader was a fascinating character who perceived the world with a ‘big picture’ and ‘can do’ attitude. I loved the analogy of ‘cookie cutter’ approach to education; a mould she was determined to break. Another woman who springs to mind was Mary Leakey the Scientist, Anthropologist, Academic and Illustrator (1913–1996).

    1. Absolutely! The only reason GC didn’t mention Mary Leakey is that he thought she is already fairly well known 🐾

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